FAQ

For advice on Academic Integrity issues, please contact:

Main email: academic.integrity.utsc@utoronto.ca

Prof. Nick Cheng, Prof. John Hannigan, Prof. Mandy Meriano, and Prof. Mark Schmuckler, Dean's Designates for the Administration of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

What does the Office of Academic Integrity do?

Fundamental Values: HONESTY, TRUST, FAIRNESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and COURAGE

Faculty & Staff Academic Integrity FAQ

  1. Meet with the student and point out your concerns.
  2. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint
  3. Reports will no longer be accepted via email; please use the SharePoint site.

NB: If the student has not responded to your request for a meeting by the time grades in the course are due, don’t wait. State that you have not met with the student.

  • You may be more comfortable with a colleague present at your meeting with the student.
  • Nothing the student says to you may be used at a Tribunal hearing, but it can be helpful at the meeting with the Dean’s Designate.
  1. Send the exam anomaly report signed by the chief invigilator to the Office of Academic Integrity.
  2. Send documents (exams, Scantron forms, etc.) with the report.
  3. Let the student know that this will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity.

 

  1. Confiscate paper cheat sheets.
  2. Make a note of what is written on body parts. If you have a cell phone with a camera, take a picture of the writing.
  3. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint

 

  1. Confiscate the device.
  2. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint
  3. If the student was not observed using the device, fill in the Possession of Unauthorized Electronic Device form.
  4. Return the device to the student at the end of the exam after getting the student to sign the Possession form.

 

  1. Offences in petitions or exam irregularities in deferred exams (Registrar’s office)
  2. Offences in exams supervised by AccessAbility Services.
     

The following documentation is required with every allegation submitted - Course syllabus, assignment instructions, student's work, student's grades in course, detailed description of allegation

Examples of Supporting Evidence/Documents for Types of Offences

Type of Offence Example of Supporting Evidence/Documents
Plagiarism - Using the words or ideas of another person without citing the source
  • Submitted paper or assignment with the specific sections/passages highlighted that are plagiarized
  • Ouriginal/Turnitin report
  • Source(s) of plagiarism - either via screenshots or in PDF or Word format *

*Links to source(s) of plagiarism on their own are insufficient as the information can change, be removed, or be inaccessible due to paywalls or account registration.

 

Unauthorized Aids – Using unauthorized aids, which could be considered cheating on tests and exams
  • Copy of the unauthorized aid (e.g., screenshot of the website, report of use of aid during in-person exam, screenshot of student with unauthorized aid in online proctored exam)
  • Copy of student’s submission (i.e. test/exam/quiz)
  • Copy of Google doc or shared document (e.g. Discord chat, WeChat, etc.)
Unauthorized Assistance - Having someone else do the work for you or providing assistance to someone else
  • Copy of both student’s and co-conspirator's piece of work
  • Similarity report (i.e., MOSS) if applicable
  • Screenshots of external tutoring group chat, if applicable
  • Screen shots of group chat conversations
  • Screen shots of social media platform that is used to facilitate collaboration (e.g., Snapchat, Facebook chat, etc.)

*Methods of communication can be the following but not limited to group chats, videos, live documents, etc.

 

Forgery or falsification - Making a false statement, presenting a false document or signing someone else’s name on a document required by the University
  • Copy of forged document (e.g. transcripts, medical, degrees, etc.)
  • Report from office of primary responsibility confirming that the document is forged
  • Copy of real document

 

Personation - Having someone else write an exam for you or writing an exam for someone else
  • Copy of Quercus log that shows someone else has accessed the student’s account, other than the student.
  • Exam Incident Report from the Professor indicating details of the personation allegation
  • Copy of communication from the impersonator
Concocting - Using false data or providing false references
  • Student’s piece of work with the concocted data/reference highlighted
  • Source of data/reference showing the correct data/reference
  • Other evidence of concoction as applicable
Self-Plagiarism/Double Dipping - Submitting work for credit in a course when you have submitted it in another course
  • Copies of the assignment that was previously submitted and the most recent submission in the two (or more) courses.
  • Receipt of any uploads or official submission for multiple courses showing the same assignment received
Chegg
  • Link to Chegg page
  • Screenshot of Chegg page

 

When the case is resolved and a sanction is imposed you will receive a letter specifying the sanction along with an Amended Marks form. This form is the only means that you can use to report an amended grade for an academic offence. Fill out the form, have your Chair or Director sign it and send it as instructed on the form to the Registrar.

What are some things I can do to deter this behaviour in the future?

Students are responsible for the decisions they make. However, clarifying grey areas is always helpful for students. Clear, specific statements in syllabi, assignment and exam instructions, and class slides about what is and is not allowed in coursework are important. The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UTSC) have many supports available for instructors for such statements and other pedagogical practices that can deter future offences.