If the matter is referred to the Tribunal and I am formally charged by the Provost, what can happen?
You will receive a letter setting out the charges. You will be provided with an opportunity to attend a hearing by the Tribunal who will hear the evidence from you and from the University and decide whether or not you have committed the offence you are charged with. If you are convicted, the Tribunal will hear further evidence and submissions about the appropriate penalty and will then determine the penalty to be imposed on you.
The penalties that can be imposed by the Tribunal are set out in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters C.ii.(b) and include suspension for a period of time of up to five years, recommendation to Governing Council for expulsion from the University, and the cancellation of degrees in the case of graduates.
Appendix C to the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters sets out the Provost’s recommendation on sanctions.
- One or more of the sanctions in section C.i.(b) may be imposed by the dean where a student or former student admits to the commission of an offence.
- One or more of the sanctions in section C.ii.(b) may be imposed by the Tribunal upon conviction of any student or former student of any offence.
Relation of Offences and Sanctions
The particular circumstances of each case will, of course, have to be taken into account, but the following are suggested guidelines:
- For offences on term work, term tests or final exams, the sanction recommended is not less than twice the value of the exam, work or test.
- For submitting work, where it forms a major fraction of the course, in whole from another person, the sanction recommended shall be suspension from the University for at least two years.
- Where a student has been previously convicted under the Code and commits another offence, the recommended sanction shall be from suspension for two years to expulsion from the University.
- For offences related to damaging or misusing library materials, computer equipment or other facilities the recommended sanctions shall be a monetary fine and/or denial of privileges to use the facility involved.
- For submitting purchased work, the sanction recommended shall be expulsion from the University. The minimum sanction shall be suspension from the University for a period of time and zero as the final grade where the offence occurred.
- For personating, or having an individual personate on a test or examination, the recommended sanction shall be expulsion from the University.