This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.
Approving Authority: Senate
Original Approval Date: September 1, 2019
Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: N/A
Administrative Responsibility: Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic
Parent Policy: 12.2 Student Code of Conduct: Academic Misconduct
1.1 The President has delegated to the deans the authority to impose discipline in cases of academic or research misconduct, hereafter referred to as academic misconduct. Any penalty that is imposed must be such that participation in academic misconduct is a high risk activity.
1.1.1 At any point in the procedures outlined below, a student involved in an investigation or adjudication of academic misconduct may be accompanied by a support person. The support person’s role is not to act or speak on behalf of the student, but to be available for assistance.
1.1.2 Students who will be accompanied by a support person are responsible to notify the Relevant Administrator, in writing, in advance. When a student chooses to bring legal counsel to a meeting, the University reserves the right to have university counsel present.
1.1.3 At any point during the procedures outlined below, the instructor, Relevant Administrator, or dean may elect to have an administrative staff member attend any disciplinary proceeding as a recorder. The role of the staff person will be to create a written record of the proceedings to form an official record, which will be shared with the student.
1.2 In all cases where credibility is an issue, it is essential that either the student or the University be given an opportunity to adjudicate through an oral hearing.
1.3 All discipline matters will be investigated and decided fully and fairly and in a timely manner.
1.4 All written communication with students will be conducted through the official Laurier email address (@mylaurier.ca or @wlu.ca), or through a formal letter by mail (regular or courier).
2.1 It is the responsibility of instructors and supervisors to investigate incidents of suspected academic misconduct in their courses, or course sections (including incidents brought to their attention by teaching assistants, proctors, instructional assistants, and student peers).
2.2 If an instructor or supervisor believes an incident of academic misconduct has occurred, the instructor or supervisor shall consult with the Relevant Administrator.
2.3 The dean(s) may also be informed of an incident of academic misconduct by another source, such as the Relevant Administrator, the Registrar, or those invigilating examinations.
3.1 The instructor shall inform the student in writing of the allegation of academic misconduct using the Incident Notification Form, which will include links to the applicable policy and procedures. Either the student or the instructor may request a meeting.
3.1.1 The student is to be informed of the allegation and the facts that bear on the suspicion of academic misconduct.
3.1.2 If more than one student is involved in the academic misconduct the instructor must correspond in writing with each student separately. Penalties imposed on students may vary, depending on their degree of involvement in the incident. Refer to section 4.04 Penalties for Academic Misconduct of policy 12.2 Student Code of Conduct: Academic Misconduct.
3.1.3 Disciplinary procedures may also be initiated against a student who, while not registered in the course where the alleged academic misconduct took place, is alleged to have assisted in the academic misconduct.
3.2 The student shall have ten (10) working days to respond in writing to the allegation of academic misconduct. The student must be given a full opportunity to provide an explanation of the incident. If the student fails to respond, the instructor will proceed with step 4.1 below.
3.3 If, following receipt of the student’s response, the instructor decides that academic misconduct did not occur, or that the student could not reasonably have known that academic misconduct occurred, the matter will be closed and no further action will be taken.
3.4 If, following this exchange, the instructor believes academic misconduct has occurred, the instructor must report the matter to the Relevant Administrator.
4.1 Once the instructor believes academic misconduct has occurred they must report it by submitting the Allegation of Academic Misconduct form to the Relevant Administrator, with a copy to the student.
4.1.1 If the Relevant Administrator is the instructor, the dean of the Faculty where the academic misconduct occurred will select another member of the department to serve as Relevant Administrator for the case.
4.1.2 If the dean is the instructor, an associate dean from another Faculty will serve as the Relevant Administrator.
4.2 The Relevant Administrator will determine, by consulting the Central Registry, if the student has a prior record of academic misconduct.
5.1 If there is no prior record the Relevant Administrator, after consulting with the instructor and providing an opportunity for the student to present any additional evidence, will determine the penalty.
5.2 The penalty may be the allocation of a zero for an assignment, project, test, exam, or other activity which counts toward the final grade in the course.
5.3 The most severe penalty that may be assigned by the Relevant Administrator is failure in the course. Any additional penalty must be recommended to the dean.
5.4 The student will be notified of the penalty using the Final Notice of Penalty letter by the Relevant Administrator or dean (depending on severity of penalty, per 5.3 above) of the Faculty in which the incident occurred. The dean of the Faculty in which the student is registered is copied to this letter. The Relevant Administrator or dean will also file the Final Incident Report with the Central Registry, with notice to the student.
5.4.1 For double-degree students, this information will be shared with the partner faculty or institution.
5.5 The student may appeal to the Faculty Petitions Committee by contacting the Faculty Petitions Committee Coordinator within ten (10) working days of receiving the Final Notice of Penalty letter. The decision of the Faculty Petitions Committee shall be final and binding.
5.5.1 If the Relevant Administrator is the chair or a member of the Faculty Petitions Committee, they shall recuse themselves from hearing the petition.
6.1 If the student has a prior record of academic misconduct, the student must be notified that the case will be referred to the Relevant Administrator for further investigation.
6.2 The instructor and the Relevant Administrator will together notify, in writing, the dean of the faculty in which the incident has taken place and the dean of the faculty in which the student is registered (for double-degree students, the deans of both relevant Faculties will be notified).
6.2.1 The dean (or designate) of the faculty in which the student is registered will now handle the case for undergraduate students.
6.2.2 For graduate students, the AVP and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will now handle the case.
6.3 The dean will inform the student in writing of the allegation and provide them with a summary of the prior record of academic misconduct, a copy of all relevant documentation, and a copy of these procedures. The dean must offer the student an opportunity to respond in writing to the allegation. The student shall have ten (10) working days to respond. When circumstance warrant, the dean has the authority to extend the period for a written response to be submitted. Either the dean or the student may request a meeting.
6.3.1 If the student fails to respond to any communication from the dean or fails to attend a scheduled meeting, the dean may proceed without input from the student.
6.4 Following receipt of the written statement from the student, if the dean determines academic misconduct did occur they will, typically within two (2) weeks, inform the student of the finding of academic misconduct (using the Final Notice of Penalty letter) and any penalty to be imposed.
6.4.1 The dean may impose penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.
6.5 The dean will notify the Provost and Vice-President: Academic by forwarding the Final Notice of Penalty letter. The dean will also file the Final Incident Report with the Central Registry, with notice to the student.
6.5.1 For double-degree students, this information will be shared with the partner faculty or institution.
6.6 If the student, upon receiving the Final Notice of Penalty and Final Incident Report, denies the allegation and/or disputes the penalty, the student may appeal the decision to the Senate Student Appeals Committee.
6.7 For information on the Senate Student Appeals Committee and the process for submitting appeals to the committee see the Procedures for Considering Student Appeals in the University Academic Calendar.
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