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Departmental Policies

Academic Misconduct

In line with university regulations concerning allegations of academic misconduct, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has adopted the following policy to be applied to all courses offered through this department.

Following all procedures outlined in the academic calendar, if there is evidence of academic misconduct, and provided there is no prior record of academic misconduct, the minimum penalty shall be a grade of zero for the assignment, project, test, exam or other activity. Depending on the type of academic misconduct, further penalties may be applied including the assignment of a failure in the course.

If the student has a prior record, the case will be referred to the Dean of Science for further investigation.

The department uses many strategies to detect academic misconduct, such as Turnitin, a plagiarism-checking web-based service that reports the percentage similarity between an assignment and other sources including websites, journals, previous student work and current student work.

Deferral of Midterm Exams

For all courses offered through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, no deferrals of midterm tests will be granted. If a student misses a midterm test for reasons of illness or an unavoidable conflict, and is able to provide documentation in support of a valid reason (e.g. Verification of Illness form dated for the day of the midterm test) within one week of the missed midterm test, redistribution of course grades may be considered by the course instructor.

If the student is unable to provide a valid reason for not participating in the midterm test with supporting documentation (to be decided upon by course instructor, in line with university policies), a grade of zero will be assigned to the midterm test. Students are advised to consult the academic calendar for university regulations regarding grade reassessment in the event they are unhappy with an instructor’s decision regarding a missed midterm test.

Repeating a Course with a Laboratory Component

Students who have previously failed a course with a laboratory component, or who were granted a late withdrawal (WD) after completing all laboratory requirements, or who are repeating the course for upgrade may be considered upon request for exemption from the laboratory component of the course provided they previously achieved a grade of 65% or higher in the laboratory component.

The repeated course grade will be calculated by adding the previous laboratory grade to the grades achieved in all other components of the course during the current session. Students should consult with the Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate advisor before registering for the repeated course.