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For Faculty & Instructors

Academic Integrity & Misconduct

Faculty members and instructors are in a strong position to role model qualities and behaviours inherent to academic integrity. Your actions provide a clear message to students, about our standards and expectations.

Prevention

One of the central values of Ryerson University’s Policy 60: Academic Integrity is recognizing that Ryerson has a role in fostering academic integrity by providing students and faculty with information and learning opportunities about the nature and importance of academic integrity.

This section provides best practice information on course and assignment design; how to create a group, lab and studio environment that supports academic integrity and the Ryerson resources that can assist.

Detection

The onus is on the University to establish that misconduct has occurred. The standard of proof is the balance of probabilities. This means that, for a finding of misconduct to be supported, based on the information presented, it is more likely than not that the student committed academic misconduct. Listed below are some tools you can use to help detect academic misconduct in student work. This includes similarity report software that can be embedded into your course shell (Turnitin Feedback Studio). 

Reporting

All members of the Ryerson community, including faculty, students, graduate assistants, and staff have a responsibility to take action if they have reasonable grounds for thinking that academic misconduct has occurred.

This section will take you step-by-step through the process of reporting a suspicion of academic misconduct.

Preparing Appeals

An appeal hearing is initiated by the student and is convened to hear the student's reasons why a finding of academic misconduct and/or a penalty ought to be overturned or altered.

A penalty hearing is not initiated by the student, but can arise due to a recommendation of a penalty, or in accord with various aspects of progressive discipline (see PDF filePolicy 60, Section 5).