1. All allegations of misconduct in research, including those involving a research project, thesis, or dissertation, 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. If an instructor suspects that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct on a course assignment or exam, he/she 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, he/she 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 with or without a grade reduction, to receiving a zero for the assignment/examination involved. 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.
5. If it is not the student’s first offence, the instructor will consult the Program Director and the Dean, who will recommend an appropriate penalty to the Vice Provost, Research & Graduate Studies, who will decide on the penalty. 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, Research & Graduate Studies, who will meet with the student. Students may appeal the Vice Provost’s 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.