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Academic Misconduct Procedures

There is a formal process for investigating cases of academic misconduct. This process is outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline. According to the Code of Conduct, “at any point in the procedures outlined below the student being accused of academic misconduct may choose to be accompanied by a member of the university community to any disciplinary proceeding.”

If your instructor suspects that you may have engaged in academic misconduct, here’s what you can expect:

  • The instructor will invite you for a meeting to discuss his or her concerns. You can use this meeting to ask questions, request clarification, and present your case. If you do not attend the meeting, your instructor can still proceed with your case, so it’s in your best interest to attend.
  • If the instructor decides to proceed, they will fill out a form that explains the details of their concerns and how you responded to the allegation. This form then goes to the relevant associate dean, who will check to see if you have any prior incidents of academic misconduct, and then decide on the penalty. You will be given a copy of the form too.
  • The associate dean will send you a letter explaining the penalty. You can appeal this decision by filing a petition.

Penalties for Academic Misconduct

The severity of the penalty will depend on the type of misconduct and whether you have been disciplined for academic misconduct before. Penalties may include:

  • an official warning
  • loss of grades
  • zero on the assignment
  • zero in the course
  • a note on your transcript
  • suspension
  • expulsion

Contact Us:

Michael Lisetto-Smith

E: mlisettosmith@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3640
Office Location: Arts C-Wing, Room 2C5B, Waterloo Campus