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Departmental Policy on Academic Misconduct
This policy has been reviewed and approved by the Secretary of Academic Council as being fully in compliance with the policies of the University.

Whereas an unpenalized act of academic misconduct (cheating in its various guises) by a student or group of students harms:
  1. Other students in a class who are disadvantaged markwise by this behaviour, and

  2. The reputation and integrity of the various academic programs taught by CS faculty

Therefore be it resolved:

That the Department intends to enforce the Student Conduct Code, as found in the Calendar, the Student Guide, and the University Web Site, to its fullest extent. This includes the following specific Departmental concerns:
  1. That the CS Department adopt the principle that any penalty applied against a student for an academic offence (academic misconduct as defined in the Student Code of Conduct) should clearly exceed in magnitude any potential academic gain that student might expect to obtain from the offence. This is akin to the idea that a suitable punishment for a bank robber should exceed simply requiring the robber to return the stolen money. The Department takes the position that cheating in any form is not acceptable behaviour.

  2. That cheating in any form on an evaluation should result in an automatic zero mark on that evaluation and in general also result in a substantive additional academic penalty. The severity of this additional penalty will depend upon several factors which include, but are not limited to, the degree of participation in the offence and whether it is the student's first offence. The additional penalty will be specified by the course Professor.

  3. That all cases of alleged academic misconduct must be reported immediately to the Chair.

  4. That both cheating and attempted cheating be treated severely.

  5. That in a case of academic misconduct on exams, tests, assignments, or labs a student providing academic material be considered to be involved in the offence along with the student receiving the information. The degree of this involvement will depend on the level of awareness of the offence on the part of the student whose work was copied, and the care that student has taken to ensure the privacy of the academic material in question.

  6. That faculty clearly specify on assignments, labs, and/or on the course management form the degree of collaboration permitted. Unless otherwise stated, departmental policy should prevail.

  7. That this policy be clearly identified to all students via the course management form.