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9. Academic Honesty

To continue to graduate high quality students and sustain our reputation as a leading institution, Seneca must have the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic honesty means that all Seneca College students will conduct themselves in an honest and trustworthy manner in all aspects of their academic career. Engaging in any form of academic dishonesty to obtain any type of academic advantage or credit is an offence under this policy and will not be tolerated by the College.

It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the proper procedure for maintaining academic honesty through this Academic Policy, such as the Seneca Libraries website at You may also seek assistance from Student Services in understanding the policy and procedures for Academic Honesty.

9.1 Academic Honesty Offenses

Offences under this policy include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, falsification, impersonation, misrepresentation and procurement. For descriptions and/or specific examples of these academic offences, see Appendix E.

9.2 Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s work (words, images, ideas, phrases, signatures, or computations) and presenting it as one’s own, instead of properly documenting every source. For specific examples of plagiarism, see Appendix E.

To support Academic Honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality utilizing software tools and third party services.

In submitting their own work to a third party service, students consent to their submissions undergoing such review and being retained in a database for comparison with other work submitted by students.

9.3 Penalties

First Offence The penalty for a first academic honesty offence is normally a grade of “0” on the work in which the offence occurred, and on the recommendation of the Academic Honesty Committee, and the following will be noted on the Student Centre: Academic Honesty - First Offence.
Second Offence The penalty for the second academic honesty offence is normally an "F" in the course where the offence occurred, the following will be noted on the Student Centre: Academic Honesty - Second Offence, and suspension from the College for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three (3) terms. If you want to return to the College, you will be placed on Academic Honesty Probation. You must see the Coordinator/Student Advisor for reinstatement.
Further Violations Any further violation of the Academic Honesty Policy will result in College initiated mandatory withdrawal for academic purposes, normally for a period of two years. You are suspended from the College until the identified term and you must see the Coordinator/Student Advisor for possible reinstatement.

You have the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Honesty Committee, consistent with the Academic Appeals Policy (see Section 13 Academic Appeals). Please note: evidence will be kept on file.

The procedure for dealing with academic honesty offences is found in Appendix E.