Cheating during a final exam

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, use of unauthorized aids, copying from another student's work or allowing another student to copy from them, submitting another person's work as their own, and/or fabrication of data.

  • Only those items authorized for use in the examination are to be on the desk:
    • bags, purses, knapsacks, etc., are to be closed and placed under the desk;
    • all hats or caps must be removed and placed under the desk;
    • wireless or electronic devices (e.g., cell phone, BlackBerry, earphones) must be turned off before the test or examination begins.

If an Academic Proctor in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of academic regulations has occurred, they must immediately collect all evidence and give it to the Presiding Officer and explain to the alleged offender that the status of their exam paper is in question. The Presiding Officer will record the details of the incident, making note of the time and details (e.g., refusal to cooperate) and inform the Course Instructor of the circumstances and turn over all of the available evidence to them. This report will be forwarded to the Associate Dean.

If an Academic Proctor in an exam location other than the PAC has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of academic regulations has occurred, that person must immediately collect all evidence and give it to the Course Instructor/Designate and explain to the alleged offender that the status of their exam paper is in question. The Course Instructor/Designate will record the details of the incident in a report that will be forwarded to the Associate Dean.

The following actions pertain to any suspected cheating situation, regardless of the exam location.

Where there are reasonable grounds for believing a violation of exam protocol has occurred, the Presiding Officer, Academic Proctor, or Course Instructor/Designate has authority to:

  • remove anything on the desk not authorized for use in the test or examination and keep it until the student has completed the test or examination and handed in the booklet, etc., as required. Evidence of cheating may include the collection of answer booklets, but in this event, the student must be provided with new booklets and be allowed to continue writing.
  • look into knapsacks, bags, purses, pencil cases, etc.; remove any "evidence" (this is to be done in the presence of the student and another Academic Proctor or Instructor/Designate); and return the knapsack, bag, purse, pencil case, etc., to be put under the student's desk. Note: If the student requires a copy of such evidence, a copy is to be provided with the original to be retained by the Presiding Officer, Academic Proctor, or Course Instructor/Designate.
  • require the student to move to a seat where the Presiding Officer, Academic Proctor, or Course Instructor/Designate can more easily monitor the student.
  • ask the student to provide "evidence" where the Presiding Officer, Academic Proctor, or Course Instructor/Designate believes that the student has hidden it on their person.
    Note: If the student refuses, under no circumstances should the alleged offender be physically touched.