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Penalties and Consequences

Penalties

For a glimpse at the step-by-step process of how the Academic Integrity policy process works from suspicion to appeal, see the Academic Misconduct flowchart.

Below is a brief description of the findings, penalties and consequences. Please see Policy 60: Academic Integrity for a full description of the policy and procedures.

The decision maker (professor/DDM/etc.) will decide whether you will receive a "No finding of Academic Misconduct" or a "Finding of academic misconduct."

Finding of Academic Misconduct

The decision maker must decide on a penalty.

The minimum penalty for academic misconduct on any assignment or other form of evaluation in a course is a grade reduction which can include a "zero" (0) on the work. Minimum for a graduate student is "zero" (0) on the work.

The minimum penalty for a graduate student is a grade of "zero" (0) on the work.

A grade of “F” in the course may be assigned.

Temporary or permanent removal from a co-op program option, placement, internship or practicum in which you are currently enrolled may be assigned.

For academic misconduct outside of a course, the minimum penalty is a Disciplinary Notification (DN) on the academic record, but an initial decision maker may recommend additional penalties as outlined in Policy 60, Section 5.3.

When appropriate, a decision maker may assign a “Fail” or “Unsatisfactory”.

A course-grade reduction greater than a grade of “zero” (0) on the work but less than an “F” in the course may be assigned. Note: This can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less, and any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade. Students must be given prior notice that such a penalty will be assigned (e.g. on the course outline, on the assignment handout, etc.).

Recommendation of Disciplinary Suspension (DS) from 1 term to 2 years. Recommendation of Disciplinary Withdrawal (DW) from a specific program and fully withdrawn from university for at least two years.

Recommendation of Expulsion. Permanent removal from Ryerson University.

Recommendation of Revocation of a Degree, Diploma or Certificate.

No Finding of Academic Misconduct

If education is determined to be needed, you can be assigned the Fundamentals of Academic Integrity (FAI) Quiz and/or Student Learning Support and/or Ryerson Library workshop(s). You can be assigned a maximum of 3 workshops.

Failure to complete these requirements may result in you not being able to graduate.

You will receive a “DEF” in place of a grade until the suspicion matter is settled. Your professor will submit the appropriate grade change form.

Consequences

Possible non-penalty outcomes that can result from a suspicion of academic misconduct. Please see Policy 60: Academic Integrity for a full description of the policy and procedures.

Finding of Academic Misconduct

A Disciplinary Notation (DN) is automatically placed on the your record. This is not a penalty, but a consequence placed by the Registrar's office. This DN does not go on your transcript.

You may be assigned the Fundamentals of Academic Integrity Quiz.

You may be assigned a maximum of 3 workshops conducted by Student Learning Services and/or the Ryerson Library.

Failure to complete the Quiz and/or Workshop (s) may result in you being prevented from graduating.

You will receive a “DEF” in place of a grade until the suspicion matter is settled.  Your professor will submit the appropriate grade change form.

For other penalties/consequences that may be assigned, please see Policy 60: Academic Integrity.

No Finding of Academic Misconduct

If education is determined to be needed, you can be assigned the Fundamentals of Academic Integrity (FAI) Quiz and/or Student Learning Support and/or Ryerson Library workshop(s). You can be assigned a maximum of 3 workshops.

Failure to complete these requirements may result in you not being able to graduate.

You will receive a “DEF” in place of a grade until the suspicion matter is settled. Your professor will submit the appropriate grade change form.

Graduate Students

The minimum penalty for misconduct with respect to work submitted in a course by a graduate student is a grade of “zero” (0) on the work.

Graduate students cannot be assigned a DS.

If a graduate student receives a Disciplinary Notation (DN), the DN will normally remain on their record.

Other potential outcomes for graduate students, please see Policy 60: Sections 1.7; 2.7; 3.4.2; 5.1.2 and 5.3.1.

Progressive Discipline and Repeated Misconduct

The Principle of Progressive Discipline increases the penalties/consequences assigned with repeated findings of academic misconduct. Briefly, when a second Disciplinary Notation (DN) is received by an undergraduate or continuing education student  the record of a student will be reviewed by Chair of the Designated Decision Makers' Council (or designate), the Director of the AIO (or designate) and the relevant Program Director (or designate). For a complete description of this, please see Policy 60: Academic Integrity, Section 5.4.