University Regulations

10 Academic Misconduct

10.1 Principles
10.2 General Information
10.3 General Procedure
10.4 Academic Offences
10.5 Procedures for Informal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences
10.6 Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences
10.7 Transcript Entries Related to Penalties
10.8 Disposition of Documentation


10.1 Principles

Within the University community there is a collective responsibility to maintain a high level of scholarly integrity. Students are expected to adhere to those principles which constitute proper academic conduct. Academic misconduct cannot be condoned or even appear to be condoned. Students have the responsibility to know which actions, as described under Academic Offences, could be construed as dishonest or improper. Students are reminded that for further guidance on proper scholarly behaviour they should seek advice from their instructors and faculty advisors.

10.2 General Information

10.2.1 These procedures shall apply to all academic offences relating to undergraduate studies involving, but not limited to, those students who either have been or who are enrolled at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Notification of an allegation of academic misconduct will be forwarded to the last known mailing address of the student as noted on the files at the Office of the Registrar. The University reserves the right to implement action under these procedures where an allegation has been made against a student but where reasonable efforts to contact the student are unsuccessful.

10.2.2 A student who wishes to attend classes, laboratories or other educational activities while an investigation under these procedures is being carried out, can do so only with the written permission of the academic unit concerned. This provision excludes students charged with an offence under the Code Of Disciplinary Procedures For Students. For information regarding the Code Of Disciplinary Procedures For Students contact the Office of Student Affairs and Services.

10.2.3 While a student can continue in a program of studies, if eligible, while an investigation under these procedures is being carried out, the University does not accept liability for any consequences to the student's progress. However, the University may take these consequences into account, as appropriate and to the extent feasible, in cases where charges are dropped or the student is not found guilty. The consequences arising from an investigation and any negative decision rendered may include retroactive effect on grades or promotion within a program.

10.3 General Procedure

10.3.1 When a member of the University community (faculty, staff, student) has grounds for belief that an academic offence has been committed, that person shall report the matter without delay to the head of the appropriate academic or administrative unit. There should then be an attempt between the parties concerned to resolve minor offences. Only if resolution proves impossible, or one party is dissatisfied with the resolution, should the head of the academic or administrative unit become further involved.

10.3.2 If, in the judgment of the head of the academic or administrative unit, the offence warrants resolution through informal procedures, the individuals involved will be advised to attempt to resolve the matter through Procedures for Informal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences. In the event that no resolution is possible through informal procedures between the individual parties, the head of the academic or administrative unit will institute formal proceedings.

10.3.3 If, in the judgement of the head of the academic or administrative unit, the alleged offence against University regulations is such as to warrant resolution through formal procedures, the head of the academic or administrative unit will refer the matter to the chair of the appropriate committee on undergraduate studies, and Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences will be implemented.

10.3.4 In all cases, it is the responsibility of the academic or administrative unit to ensure that fairness and impartiality are achieved in the treatment of students.

10.4 Academic Offences

10.4.1 In the following section the plural shall be deemed to include the singular.

10.4.2 Academic offences shall be deemed to include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

10.5 Procedures for Informal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences

10.5.1 General Information

These procedures will not be applied to cases involving alleged offences on final examinations. Alleged offences on final examinations are governed by the Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences.

10.5.2 Explanation of Procedures

If, upon receiving a report of an alleged academic offence, the head of the academic or administrative unit decides that an attempt should be made to resolve the matter informally the following procedures shall apply:

10.5.3 Failure to Appear or Respond

10.5.4 Penalties in the Case of Informal Resolution

A student who has been found guilty of an academic offence will be subject to a penalty or penalties commensurate with the offence. Some cases may warrant more than one penalty for the same offence, and previous academic misconduct will be taken into account in determining penalties. The range of penalties and their determination are:

10.6 Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences

10.6.1 General Information

If the matter cannot be resolved following the Procedures for Informal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences, or if, in the opinion of the head of the appropriate academic or administrative unit, the allegation involves a major breach of University regulations, or in the case of alleged offences on final examinations, the following Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences shall apply.

10.6.2 Explanation of Procedures

10.6.3 Failure to Appear or Respond

10.6.4 Penalties in the Case of Formal Resolution

A student who has been found guilty of an academic offence will be subject to a penalty or penalties commensurate with the offence. Some cases may warrant more than one penalty for the same offence, and previous academic misconduct will be taken into account in determining penalties. Enforcement of penalties resulting from Procedures for Formal Resolution of Alleged Academic Offences will be overseen by the Registrar. The range of penalties and their determination is:

10.7 Transcript Entries Related to Penalties

10.7.1 Transcript entries shall relate to the penalty(ies) imposed as follows:
Penalty Transcript Entry
Reprimand No transcript entry
Reduction of Grade Entry of final grade for course
Probation "On probation at the University for academic misconduct until [Day, Month, Year]"
Suspension "Suspended from the University/Faculty/School/Program/Course for academic misconduct until [Day, Month, Year]"
Expulsion "Expelled from the University for academic misconduct effective [Day, Month, Year]"


10.7.2 The transcript entries for "probation" or "suspension" will be removed entirely upon the expiration of the penalty.

10.8 Disposition of Documentation

10.8.1 The disposition of documents relating to allegations under these procedures shall be as follows:


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