What rights do the students have?

If a course instructor alleges a student's involvement in academic misconduct, students have the right to due process, which means students have the right to:

  1. be notified: Students will receive an official notification of the allegation after an instructor has made an official report. The instructor is not required to notify students before making this report.
  2. receive a copy of the documentation supporting the allegation.
  3. to be heard:
    1. Within 12 business days from the notification date, students must report to the appropriate administrative authority (the person who initially notified the student of the integrity violation allegation) their decision to either accept the allegation of academic misconduct or to contest the allegation.
    2. In order to contest the allegation, students must submit a written request for it to be heard by the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB).
      1. Students should NOT request an AI Review because of the severity of sanctions. Sanctions can be appealed through the appeal process.
      2. Students should accept responsibility if their actions violated academic integrity, regardless of whether the violation was "intentional" or not
  4. to appeal: Students have the right to appeal the administrative and academic sanctions, as well as the decision of the AIRB according to the established guidelines.

Potential outcomes

The severity of the sanction depends on the nature of the Policy violation and a student's disciplinary history. Review the list of consequences for cheating to see the sanctions that may be imposed.

Other important details

Read the Academic Integrity Office's Essential Information Sheet (PDF) for more detailed information, including: