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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 PDF fileAcademic Misconduct flowchart.

Below is a brief description of the findings, penalties and consequences. Please see PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity, opens in new window 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."

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 PDF filePolicy 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 Recommendation of Disciplinary Withdrawal (DW) from a specific program and fully withdrawn from university for at least two years.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.

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 PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity for a full description of the policy and procedures.

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 PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity.

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.

A DN is removed upon graduation (current policy states that the DN remains in the graduate students record after graduation).

Two new penalties are being introduced:

  1. Disciplinary Action (DA): An academic standing for a graduate student to indicate academic misconduct. A DA will be placed on both the student’s academic record and transcript and cannot be removed. 
  2. Disciplinary Action, with Suspension (DA-S): An academic standing where a graduate student is removed from a program for a period of up to two (2) years, after which the student may request to re-enroll in the program. A DA-S will be placed on both the student’s academic record and transcript and cannot be removed. 

For more on potential outcomes for graduate students, please see PDF filePolicy 60, Sections 3.6, 3.7, 3.1.1 & PDF filePolicy 60 Procedures, Sections 7.2.2 & 7.2.2.2

Progressive Discipline and Repeated Misconduct

The principle of Progressive Discipline increases the penalties/consequences assigned with repeated violations. Therefore, when a second Disciplinary Notation (DN) is received by an undergraduate or continuing education student, their academic record will be reviewed by Student Records to check whether any other DN exists. For a complete description of this process, please see PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity Procedures, Section 12.6.