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Appendix E: Procedures for Enforcement Academic Honesty

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.

Academic Honesty Offences

The following summary of offences is not exhaustive nor is it limited to the description and/or examples provided. All students involved will be subject to the penalties indicated in the Academic Honesty policy.

  1. Giving students answers to exam questions during the exam or while leaving the examination room, or telling other students who have their exam later, of the questions that appear on the exam. (Cheating)
  2. Having unauthorized material or electronic devices during a test or exam. (Cheating)
  3. Using, giving, receiving or attempting to use, give or receive unauthorized information during any form of evaluation. (Cheating)
  4. Knowingly helping another student to commit an act of cheating by letting him/her view your answers by lending your work or by working together on a project not specifically assigned and/or approved as a group effort. (Cheating)
  5. Submitting as your own any material done, in a whole or part, by someone else. (Plagiarism)
  6. Submitting any work copied, in whole or in part, from another source, such as the Internet, journal articles or books, without reference to the original author or source. (Plagiarism)
  7. Allowing your essay, report, assignment or computer files to be submitted by another student. (Plagiarism)
  8. Allowing another student to do your laboratory or field work for you. (Plagiarism)
  9. Submitting as your own, in whole or part, any work that is currently or has been previously graded in another course, without the prior permission of the professor, even if the student was the original author. (Plagiarism)
  10. Submitting work with misleading references or data that do not reflect the sources you actually used. (Plagiarism)
  11. In group and/or team work, submitting work in which you know or ought reasonably to have known that one or more components contain and/or involve an Academic Honesty offence. (Plagiarism)
  12. Changing grades or answers on an assignment for the purpose of re-grading. (Falsification)
  13. Falsifying, misrepresenting or forging an academic record or any other supporting documentation, medical or otherwise, for the purpose of gaining any type of academic advantage. (Falsification)
  14. Forging a signature on, or changing an academic work of another student. (Falsification)
  15. Deliberately changing or damaging an academic work of another student. (Falsification)
  16. Taking a test, an examination or any other assessment for another person, or having another person take a test, an examination or any other assessment for you. (Impersonation)
  17. Obtaining an exam or test, in whole or in part, in advance of its administration, without the permission of the professor. (Procurement)
  18. Buying or otherwise obtaining reports, essays, assignments, or other academic work, for submission as your own. (Procurement)
  19. Selling or otherwise assisting with the purchase and/or sale of reports, essays, assignments or any other academic work for submission. (Procurement)

Procedures For Enforcement

When it is suspected that an academic honesty offence has occurred, the following process will apply.

Informal Process

The Academic Chair (or designate) will discuss the allegation with you. If it is concluded that no academic honesty offence occurred, no further action is required. If a resolution is not reached, the formal process will be initiated.

Formal Process

The Academic Honesty Report form and Student Response form are available at http://senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/forms.html.

  1. Each School/Faculty will maintain an Academic Honesty Committee, which will hear all allegations of academic honesty offences.
  2. The Academic Chair (or designate) will advise you of the opportunity to complete a Student Response to the Academic Honesty Report, which is to be submitted by you no later than five business days from the date of the informal process discussion.
  3. If more than one student is named on the Academic Honesty Report, each student has the right to submit a separate Student Response to the Academic Honesty Report.
  4. A meeting of the Academic Honesty Committee will be held within 10 business days after the completion of the informal process.
  5. Completed forms will be forwarded to the Academic Honesty Committee Chair, who will convene a meeting of the Committee to review the circumstances of the incident.
  6. The Academic Honesty Committee Chair will communicate the decision in writing to you, with copies to the faculty/Coordinator/Student Advisor and to your file. If it is concluded that no offence has occurred, the Academic Honesty Report will be destroyed.
  7. Penalties will be applied as per Academic Policy Section 9.3.
  8. You have the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Honesty Committee, consistent with Academic Policy (see Section 13 Academic Appeals).

Cheating In Tests/Examinations

It is the responsibility of the invigilator(s) in a test or examination to take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of the test or examination.

If you are observed by one or more invigilators to be attempting to copy from another student, the invigilator will inform you of the alleged copying. The invigilator may remove the exam materials and ask you to leave the test/exam room, or may permit you to continue the test/exam. Materials completed to that point may be taken from you.

An "Academic Honesty Report" outlining the offence, and a "Student Response to the Academic Honesty Report", outlining the student's account of the incident, should you choose to complete it, is forwarded to the Academic Honesty Committee.

If you are observed by one or more invigilators to be in possession of unauthorized materials, the invigilator will inform you of this observation. You will be required to submit the materials to the invigilator who will retain these for further investigation. The invigilator may ask you to leave the test/exam room or may permit you to continue the test/exam. Materials completed to that point may be taken from you.

An "Academic Honesty Report" will then be completed and the process outlined above will be followed. The "Student Response to the Academic Honesty Report" may also be completed.