5.7 What types of sanctions or consequences are there for cheating and other academic misconducts?
The sanctions for academic misconduct range in severity depending on the nature of the misconduct, the year the student is in, whether or not it is a first, second or third offence, and so on. The university treats its students fairly and students always have the opportunity to explain what happened. Possible sanctions include:
- Resubmission of work without penalty;
- Resubmission of work with penalty;
- Warning letter/written reprimand;
- Failing grade (F) for assignment/exam/test or course;
- Disciplinary probation;
- Suspension from attendance in a course, a program, a faculty, or the university;
- Permanent expulsion;
- Other sanctions as appropriate
A record of the incident and ruling will be kept by your Faculty and the Registrar's Office so they can make appropriate notes on your academic record. In most cases, the record will only be provided to other UOIT offices on a need-to-know basis, but any failing grades will be evident on your academic transcript. In addition, a notation of academic misconduct may be placed on your transcript as part of a sanction for a minimum of three years. To have it removed after three years, you must submit an appeal to the university. For more details on the policy, see the Academic Calendar (Section 5).
What are the student's rights in this process?
With respect to all accusations of academic dishonesty, students are presumed innocent until the contrary has been established. Decisions reguarding the commission of such an offence are based on the balance of probabilities. If a lesser offence is unresolved between the faculty member, the matter is forwarded to the Dean (or Dean's representative).
What happens if an unresolved case is forwarded to the Dean?
Cases can be dealt with an informal or formal resolution process. In all cases, a record of proceedings is kept on file and similar sanctions will be imposed.