Procedures for dealing with acts of academic misconduct (Graduate Students)

  1. If an instructor suspects that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct, the instructor shall determine if an offense has been committed by reviewing all relevant information and discussing the situation with the student.
  2. If the instructor determines that an offence has been committed, the instructor shall query the Academic Misconduct database to see if the student in question has committed a prior offence before assigning a penalty. (The instructor takes this step by contacting their Dean, or if not available, the Office of Teaching + Learning.)
  3. In all cases, every effort will be made to process the review/decision in a timely fashion.

First Offence

  1. If it is the student’s first offence, the instructor will:
    1. Impose an appropriate penalty and note this on the form entitled Record of Academic Misconduct (RAM)
    2. Give a copy of the RAM to the student
    3. Submit a copy of the RAM to the Graduate Program Director and the Office of Teaching + Learning
  2. For a first offence, the penalty will normally range from redoing the assignment with or without a grade reduction, to receiving a zero for the assignment or examination involved.
  3. Students may appeal the faculty member’s decision to the Graduate Program Director (or the Faculty/School Dean if the Director is the course instructor), whose decision is final.

Second or Higher Offence

  1. If it is the student’s second offence:
    1. The instructor will consult with their Graduate Program Director and the Dean
    2. The Dean will recommend an appropriate penalty to the Vice Provost, Graduate Studies
    3. The Vice Provost, Graduate Studies will decide on the penalty, and inform the instructor
    4. The instructor will complete the RAM and submit to the student with a copy to the Graduate Program Director, the Dean, the Office of Teaching + Learning and the Vice Provost, Graduate Studies
    5. The Vice Provost of Graduate Studies (or designate) will meet with the student.
  2. For a second or higher offence, the penalty will normally range from failing the course to being suspended or expelled from the University.   
  3. Students may appeal the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies’ decision to the Provost, whose decision is final.  
  4. In cases involving a recommendation for suspension or expulsion, the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies shall forward the recommendation to the chair of the University Accountability Committee to begin stage two of the University’s formal accountability process (as per the Student Handbook). Students are entitled to hearings and appeals set out by that Committee.
  5. For penalties up to failing the course, students may appeal the Vice Provost, Graduate Studies decision to the Provost, whose decision is final.
  6. In all cases, every effort will be made to process the review/decision in a timely fashion.