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Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties

(effective September 13, 2010)

(For the previous year's guidelines, see Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties, effective September 1, 2009-September 12, 2010)

These charts list typical penalties for various offences. The charts are approved and maintained by the Associate Deans.

The factors to be considered when determining a penalty are set out in section 4 of Policy 71 – Student Discipline. A penalty might be lessened with mitigating circumstances or increased with aggravating circumstances. Disciplinary probation is imposed on a first-time offended (unless there are extraordinary reasons for not doing so). A subsequent offence (an offence committed after a penalty has been imposed for a different incident of misconduct) will normally lead to a more severe penalty, including suspension or the requirement to take additional course(s).

Academic Offence - Undergraduate Student

Offence

Penalty

Plagiarism/cheating on assignments (e.g., copying) in courses with numeric grades

0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade

Plagiarism/cheating on assignments (e.g., copying) in courses graded CR/NCR

0 on the course element; extra work assigned as appropriate (such extra work does not make up for the 0 on the course element)

Theft of intellectual property

0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade; 2-term suspension or extra courses; letter of apology as appropriate

In a term test or final exam situation – cheating; use or possession of unauthorized aid; violation of exam regulations

Opportunistic: 0 on the test or exam; a further 5 marks off the final course grade
Premeditated: 0 on the test or exam; failure in the course; will include suspension

Plagiarism on work reports

AHS, ARTS, ENV, MATH, SCIENCE: Denial of work report credit
ENG: 38% (not included in the average); satisfactory completion of an additional essay

Failure to indicate previous post-secondary education

Denial of transfer credit. For an individual who would not be admissible, denial of transfer credit and one-term suspension. Expulsion possible in cases of malicious intent

Misrepresentation (e.g., lying; altering medical note or work term performance evaluation, falsifying work history or résumé)

Related to an assignment:   for courses with numeric grades: 0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade; for courses graded CR/NCR: 0 on the course element; extra work assigned as appropriate (such extra work does not make up for the 0 on the course element)
Related to tests or exams:  0 on the test or exam; failure in the course; will include suspension
Related to co-op: failed work term; removal from co-op where work terms are optional

Impersonation, including misuse of a clicker; obtaining, distributing, or receiving confidential academic material; forged letters or signatures

0 on the course element; normally will include suspension

Admissions fraud, including forged admissions documents

Expulsion

Unauthorized co-operation or collaboration; unauthorized resubmission of work

0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade

Misconduct in research

Removal of privileges; depending on the severity of the event penalty may vary from 0 in the course to expulsion

Contravention of statute

Varies depending on severity

Subsequent Offence

Offence

Penalty

2nd

More severe penalty than for a first offence in that category; will include suspension

3rd

More severe penalty than for a second offence in that category; 3-term suspension

4th

Expulsion

Academic Offence - Graduate Student

Offence

Penalty

Plagiarism/cheating on assignments (e.g. copying) in courses with numeric grades

0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade; may include suspension

Plagiarism/cheating on assignments (e.g. copying) in courses graded CR/NCR

NCR in the course; may include suspension

Theft of intellectual property

2-term suspension

Plagiarism on Comprehensive/Thesis

Failed Comprehensive/Thesis; expulsion

In a term test or final exam situation - cheating; use or possession of unauthorized aid; violation of exam regulations

Opportunistic: 0 on the test or exam; a further 5 marks off the final course grade; 1-term suspension
Premeditated: 0 on the test or exam; failure in the course;2-term suspension

Failure to indicate previous post-secondary education

Denial of transfer credit; expulsion possible in cases of malicious intent

Misrepresentation (e.g., lying; altering medical note or work term performance evaluation, falsifying work history or résumé)

Expulsion

Unauthorized co-operation or collaboration; unauthorized resubmission of work

0 on the course element; a further 5 marks off the final course grade

Impersonation, including misuse of a clicker; obtaining, distributing or receiving confidential academic material

Normally will include suspension

Misconduct in research

Removal of privileges; depending on the severity of the event penalty may vary from 0 in the course to expulsion

Contravention of statute

Varies depending on severity

Subsequent Offence

Offence

Penalty

2nd

Expulsion

Non-academic Offence

Offence

Penalty

Disruptive, dangerous, aggressive or threatening behaviour including by electronic means

Letter of apology; will include suspension

Misuse of University resources, equipment or supplies

Letter of apology; will include suspension
Related to co-op: failed work term; removal from co-op where work terms are optional; will include suspension

Mischief

Letter of apology; restitution of costs if any; community service

Vandalism

Letter of apology; restitution of costs to replace materials damaged; will include suspension

Theft

Letter of apology; replacement or cost of goods stolen; will include suspension

Infringing unreasonably on the work of others

Letter of apology; community service

Violation of safety regulations in a lab or other setting

Removal of privileges in the offending area for 30 working days

Unauthorized use of equipment, material or a facility or service

Letter of apology; community

Unethical behaviour

Letter of apology; suspension

Contravention of statute

Varies depending on severity

Subsequent Offence

Offence

Penalty

2nd

More severe penalty than for a first offence in that category, may include suspension

3rd

More severe penalty than for a second offence in that category, will include suspension