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Calendars > Academic fraud

ACADEMIC FRAUD

Definition
1. Academic fraud is an act by a student that may result in a false academic evaluation of that student or of another student. Without limiting the generality of this definition, academic fraud occurs when a student commits any of the following offences:
a) commits plagiarism or cheating of any kind; (to obtain more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, consult our Web site at www.uottawa.ca/plagiarism.pdf).
b) submits a work of which the student is not the author, in whole or in part (except for duly cited quotations or references). Such work may include an academic paper, an essay, a test, an exam, a research report, and a thesis, whether written, oral, or in another form;
c) presents research data that has been falsified or concocted in any way;
d) attributes a purported statement of fact or reference to a source that has been concocted;
e) submits the same piece of work or significant part thereof for more than one course, or a thesis or other work that has already been submitted elsewhere, without written authorization of the professors concerned and/or of the academic unit concerned;
f) falsifies an academic evaluation, misrepresents an academic evaluation, uses a forged or falsified academic record or supporting document, or facilitates the use of a falsified academic record or supporting document;
g) undertakes any other action for the purpose of falsifying an academic evaluation.

Sanctions
2. A student who has committed or attempted to commit academic fraud, or who has been a party to academic fraud, is subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
a) the mark of F or zero for the work concerned;
b) the mark of F or zero for the course concerned;
c) the mark F or zero for the course concerned and the loss of all or part of the credits for the academic year concerned and/or an additional requirement of 3 to 30 credits added to the student’s program of studies. The courses for which credits were withdrawn remain in the student’s file; they are included in the grade point average and must be repeated or replaced by other courses at the discretion of the Faculty;
d) suspension from the program or from the Faculty, for at least one session and at most three academic years;
e) expulsion from the Faculty;
f) expulsion from the University of Ottawa for at least three years, it being understood that three years after being expelled, the student concerned may ask the Senate committee for the study of individual cases to review his or her case, with the possibility, where applicable, of having the notice of expulsion withdrawn from the student’s transcript. If the student reapplies for admission, the regular admission process shall apply;
g) cancellation or revocation of a degree, diploma or certificate where the offence relates to the eligibility to receive such degree, diploma or certificate, and was discovered or determined after its award;
h) inclusion of the following statement in the student’s academic transcript: “Sanction pursuant to contravention of the University regulations on fraud.”

Decisions
3. Sanctions stipulated in articles 2 (a) to (d) are taken by the Faculty in which the student is registered. Sanctions 2 (e) to (h) are taken by the Senate committee for the study of individual cases upon the recommendation of the Faculty. Decisions shall take effect immediately, notwithstanding appeal.

Procedure
4. Allegations of fraud are submitted in writing, with supporting documentation, to the dean of the Faculty in which the student is registered.
5. If the dean or the dean’s representative decides that the allegation is founded:
a) the file is referred to a committee of inquiry consisting of at least three persons appointed by the dean;
b) the dean informs the student in writing of the allegation made against him or her and provides a copy of all supporting documentation, as well as of this regulation.
6. The committee of inquiry:
a) invites the student to present, in writing, within a prescribed time limit, any information or documents relevant to the allegation which has been made and, if it deems it appropriate, invites the student to appear before the committee;
b) solicits any other information that it considers relevant to its inquiry.
7. On the basis of this documentation and information, and once the student has been given the opportunity to be heard in writing and/or in person, the committee of inquiry:
a) either concludes that the allegation is not sufficiently founded and that no further action should be taken; or,
b) concludes that the allegation is founded and prepares a summary report for the dean, which shall include a recommendation for the appropriate sanction.
The student is informed by the dean of the conclusions reached by the committee of inquiry and of the next procedural steps. The dean informs the student that he or she may submit comments on the report of the committee of inquiry, provided that such comments are made in writing within 10 working days following the date at which the report was sent.
8. The report of the committee of inquiry, and, if applicable, the written submissions made by the student, are submitted to the executive committee of the Faculty or its equivalent, which either decides the sanction to be imposed or recommends it to the Senate committee for the study of individual cases as the case may be.
9. If the sanction is one the Faculty has the power to impose, the decision of the executive committee of the Faculty or its equivalent shall take effect immediately, notwithstanding appeal.
10. The dean informs the student in writing of the decision or the recommendation made by the executive committee of the Faculty or its equivalent, and of the procedure to be followed should the student wish to appeal.

Appeal
11. A student who decides to appeal the decision of the executive committee of the Faculty or its equivalent, or its recommendation to the Senate committee for the study of individual cases, must so inform the secretary of the University and provide the reasons for the appeal, within 10 days following the date at which the decision or recommendation was sent.
12. The secretary of the University transmits the file to the Senate committee for the study of individual cases which:
a) invites the student to appear before the committee and/or submit in writing any information the student considers relevant;
b) solicits any other documentation or information it considers relevant.
13. The decision of the Senate committee for the study of individual cases is final and cannot be appealed.

Fraud concerning more than one student
14. When the allegation of fraud concerns students from more than one Faculty, the committee of inquiry consists of one professor appointed by each Faculty concerned and of one chairman jointly appointed by the deans of these faculties. Failing such appointment, the chairman will be appointed by the vice-rector, academic. The report of that committee is forwarded to the Senate committee for the study of individual cases, whose powers, for this purpose, are those described under procedure number 8 for the executive committee of a Faculty. In this case, the decision of the Senate committee for the study of individual cases may be appealed to the executive committee of the Senate, in accordance with the procedures described under Appeal.

Suspension
15. A student who has been suspended from a program shall not be awarded any credit for courses otherwise acceptable as part of the student’s program or as part of the overall requirements of the program, when such courses are taken, at the University of Ottawa or elsewhere, during the period of suspension which has been imposed. A mark of F (zero) will be assigned retroactively, if applicable, to any course so taken at the University of Ottawa, and tuition fees will not be refunded.

16. At the end of the period of suspension, the student will be authorized to continue the program once he or she has registered in accordance with the conditions applicable at that time.
     
 


 

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