1. All allegations of misconduct in research, including those involving a research project or senior thesis, will be made directly to the Vice Provost, Research & Graduate Studies, as per the procedures outlined in the Integrity in Scholarship and Research policy.
2. For all other situations, if an instructor suspects that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct, the instructor shall determine if an offence has been committed by reviewing all relevant information and discussing the situation with the student.
3. 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 his/her Dean, or if he/she is not available, the Office of the Provost.)
4. If it is the student’s first offence, the instructor will impose an appropriate penalty and note this on the form entitled Record of Academic Misconduct, copies of which are then given to the student by the instructor and submitted to the Office of the Provost. For a first offence, the penalty will normally range from redoing the assignment to receiving a zero for the assignment/examination involved. Students may appeal the faculty member’s decision to the Faculty/School Dean (or to the Vice Provost if the instructor is the Dean), whose decision is final.
5. If it is not the student’s first offence, the instructor will consult with his/her Dean who will recommend an appropriate penalty to the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning (or Vice Provost, TWU Extension for ADC programs), who will decide on the penalty. For a second offence, the penalty will normally range from receiving a zero on the assignment or examination to failing the course.
6. For a third or higher offence, the penalty will normally range from failing the course to being suspended or expelled from the University. The instructor shall complete the Record of Academic Misconduct and submit it to the Vice Provost, who will meet with the student. For penalties up to failing the course, students may appeal the Vice Provost’s decision to the Provost, whose decision is final.
7. In cases involving a recommendation for suspension or expulsion, the Vice Provost 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.
8. In all cases, every effort will be made to process the review/decision in a timely fashion.