Frequently Asked Questions
What if the student didn't know an offence was committed? Can I dismiss the case?
Once a case has been forwarded to the Office of the Dean, do I attend the decanal meeting?
What can I do to prevent plagariasm from occuring?
Q: How much of the paper do I need to read to establish that an offence has occurred?
A: Instructors are encouraged to provide as many examples as possible in order to provide a clear case that an offence may have occurred. Be prepared for staff or the Dean's Designate to contact you for more information.
Q: If a student commits an academic offence, can I impose a sanction?
A: No. Instructors are not authorized to impose any sanctions for academic offences under the Code.
Q: What if the student didn't know an offence was committed? Can I dismiss the case?
A: No. All cases involving academic offences must be brought forward. The Dean’s Designate reviews all circumstances during the investigation and resolution of each academic offence case.
Q: Once a case has been forwarded to the Office of the Dean, do I attend the decanal meeting?
A: You will be invited to attend the meeting with the student and Dean’s Designate. Your attendance is not mandatory, however, under certain circumstances, your attendance may be necessary and we will contact you for more details.
Q: What can I do to prevent plagariasm from occuring?
A: Be proactive and talk to your class about the importance of academic integrity at UofT by providing students with examples of academic offences in your course. Include information about academic integrity in your course package/outline. You can also direct students to the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters and other policies so that they are aware of the University's expectations. Please refer to the "Tips for Preventing Academic Offences" section for more information.