FAQ

What does the Office of Academic Integrity do?

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

 

To speak with someone about Academic Integrity issues, please contact: academic.integrity.utsc@utoronto.ca 

For more information - Academic Integrity at U of T

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 - academic.integrity.utsc@utoronto.ca 

Student Academic Integrity FAQ

You are entitled to seek advice before a meeting with the Chair/Director and/or Deans Designates. An adviser in the Academic Advising and Career Centre can help you understand the process. If the offence is serious, you may wish to consult a student lawyer in Downtown Legal Services.

First offences are not treated as harshly as second or third offences. Consult with Academic Advising to get an idea of what to expect. 

Get good advice from Academic Advising, the Scarborough Campus Student's Union, your ISC or AccessAbility consultants if you have one, and learn about what to expect and how to plan. 

You will be asked whether you received a copy of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.  Sections of the Code dealing with your rights, the range of sanctions available if you admit to an offence, and the offences as described in the Code, will be reviewed.  Evidence will be presented, along with details supporting the allegation of an academic offence.  You may be asked to identify your work. You will have the opportunity to offer an explanation. You may be asked questions for clarification. You may be accompanied by counsel.

You will be asked if you wish to make a statement in mitigation. This statement may refer to your personal situation, or anything which you wish to be taken into consideration when determining the sanction. You will not be told what the sanction is at the meeting. You will receive a letter after the meeting informing you of the sanction If the course is finished, your instructor will be requested, by copy of the letter, to submit the final grade in the course. If the course is still under way, you may not withdraw to avoid a sanction.  You may wish to make an appointment with an academic adviser. The Dean's Designate does not have to impose a sanction, but may instead send the case to the Provost to ask that a charge be laid.

Student maintain the right to not admit to the offence. If the evidence is compelling, the Dean's Designate will send the case to the Provost to ask that a charge be laid.  You will receive a letter from the Provost informing you that a charge has been laid and describing the next steps.

If, after careful examination of the evidence, the Dean's Designate believes that an offence was not committed, then you will receive a letter informing you that the charge has been dismissed.  You may be warned in the letter about behaviour which brought you under suspicion.