Example Cases with Sanctions
Common Sanctions at the Faculty of Arts & Science
- Zero for an assignment
- Zero for assignment plus an additional reduction in the course grade
- Zero for a course
- Suspension from the Faculty for up to one year
Please note that the following are very general examples based on previous experiences at OSAI. All sanctions are based on recommendations for sanctioning provided by the Provost of the University of Toronto (Appendix “C” in the Code). Sanctions will vary depending on the nature of the allegation and various mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Example 1: Plagiarism
David waits to write his paper until the last minute and in desperation decides to copy large portions of text from a website into his final essay on Sir John A. Macdonald. David’s instructor uses Turnitin.com for his class. It reports that approximately 25% of the paper appears to be plagiarised, and further investigation by the instructor and OSAI confirms this. David meets with a Dean’s designate and admits to an academic offence.
Sanction: David receives a zero “0” for the paper (worth 30% of his overall mark), a further 30 point reduction from his overall final mark, and for two years his transcript will be annotated with the comment: “sanctioned for academic misconduct.”
Example 2: Medical Note Fraud
Jun decides that he will not be ready to write an examination that has been scheduled. He decides to take a U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury form and forge his regular doctor’s signature. Jun’s instructor becomes suspicious and contacts the physician to verify the information in the certificate, and discovers that it is fraudulent. Jun meets with the Dean’s designate for Academic Integrity and admits that he committed an academic offence.
Sanction: Jun receives a one-year suspension from the University, a mark of zero “0” for the course, and a two-year transcript annotation to indicate that he has been suspended for an academic offence.
Example 3: Cell Phone/iPod Possession at a Faculty Exam
Lily is writing the first examination of her university career and brings an iPhone with her to her desk, despite the numerous warnings not to do so. She keeps it rather than use the resealable plastic bag to keep it safe on the floor under her desk. The CPO of the exam discovers the phone during the exam, but does not observe Lily using it. The phone is confiscated, and returned to her at the end of the exam after Lily signs a form acknowledging that she was in possession of an unauthorized aid during a faculty exam. Lily has no previous offences.
Sanction: Lily receives a written reprimand from the Dean’s Designate, a 10 point reduction from her examination grade, and an annotation will appear on her transcript for twelve months from the date of the exam.
Example 4: Possession or Use of Cheat Notes
Martin is short of time to study for his final exam and decides to hide a list of formulas in his calculator case during the exam. He does not use the aid, but during the course of the exam, the Chief Presiding Officer (CPO) of the examination discovers the notes. The CPO submits an allegation of academic misconduct against Martin to the Office of the Dean. At a meeting with the Dean’s designate, Martin denies using the notes, but does admit that he was in possession of unauthorized materials during the examination.
Sanction: Martin receives a zero “0” for the exam, which was worth 30% of the final grade for the course. He also receives a further 30 point reduction from his final mark in the course, and a two year transcript annotation on his transcript which reads: “sanctioned for academic misconduct”.
Example 5: Second Offence
In her first year of study, Yasmin had committed plagiarism, and was sanctioned for that academic offence. In her third year of study, she again commits an academic offence of plagiarism. At a meeting with the Dean’s designate for Academic Integrity, Yasmin admits to this second offence.
Sanction: For this second offence, Yasmin receives zero “0” for the course in question, is suspended from the University for one year, and has her transcript annotated for three years to indicate that she has been suspended from the University.
Example 6: Transcript Fraud
Jenny is applying for a job with a local business who has requested to see her transcript. She is worried about a low mark she received in her first year of studies, and decides to modify the mark on her official U of T transcript. It comes to the attention of the company that the transcript is fraudulent and they alert the University. At a meeting with the Dean’s designate, Jenny admits to committing the offence.
Sanction: The Dean’s designate feels that the sanctions available to her are insufficient for this offence and decides to forward the case to the University Provost for review with the recommendation that a University of Toronto Tribunal be held. The Tribunal decision recommends to the Governing Council of the University that the student be permanently expelled. Jenny is expelled and her expulsion is permanently marked on her transcript.