Warnings are essentially courtesy notices that indicate to students that their Course Instructor has identified actions and behaviours that are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Warnings are intended to provide students with learning opportunities so that they can correct their actions and behaviours so as to prevent another Academic Offence from occurring. A Warning can be issued on its own or it could be issued with an Action Taken. The following are Actions that can be Taken by the Course Instructor when a Warning is issued:
- The student is required to attend an APA Citation or Academic Integrity workshop.
- The student is required to attend an appointment with someone from the Library Learning Commons for assistance with research, writing, citing, study skills, etc..
- Ths student is required to re-do the academic work for either full or reduced marks by a due date specified by the Course Instructor.
- The student’s submitted academic work will receive reduced marks or a mark of zero applied to compromised portions of the quiz, test, or assignment or to the quiz, test, or assignment in its entirety.
- The student is required to write an upcoming quiz or test in-person in the Test Centre.
Warnings can be issued when the following Academic Offences occur:
- Plagiarism (#1).
- Acting to assist or facilitate an Academic Offence (#2).
- Misrepresenting the reasons for a missed evaluation or deadline extension (#3).
- Participating in activities, in person or electronically, that are not permitted in the preparation or completion of academic work (#6).
- Using material, resources, technologies, or tools not permitted in the preparation or completion of academic work (#7).
If a student has never been issued a Warning and has never had a Penalty be applied, their first Academic Offence may result in the issuance of a Warning. If a student’s first offence is severe and does not warrant a Warning, then a Penalty will be applied. If a student has been issued a Warning, then any subsequent Academic Offence will result in the application of a Penalty. Students can only have one Warning documented on their student record.
Penalties are disciplinary measures that are applied depending on the frequency and severity of Academic Offences. The following Penalties can be applied when any of the 11 Academic Offences occur:
- Re-do Work: the student is required to re-do the academic work for either full or reduced marks by a due date specified by the Course Instructor.
- Mark of Zero: a mark of zero is assigned to compromised portions of the quiz, test, exam, or assignment or a mark of zero is assignment to a quiz, test, exam, or assignment in its entirety.
- Fail Course: an automatic grade of ‘F’ for the course in which the Academic Offence occurred.
- Suspension: the student is suspended from the College for the remainder of the term, for the remainder of the term plus one to two full terms, or the remainder of the term plus three full terms which would be a complete academic year. The student would be permitted to return to the College and resume their studies when the Suspension has lapsed.
- Expulsion: the student is expelled from the College and a minimum of five years would have to lapse before the student could reapply for admission.
A Penalty can be applied as the result of a student’s first Academic Offence. Penalties increase in severity as Academic Offences increase in both frequency and severity. An Academic Offence that occurs after a Penalty has been applied for a previous Academic Offence, will result in a more severe Penalty. Students can have up to three Penalties documented on their student record. The College’s Academic Integrity Policy prescribes that the Penalty of Expulsion be considered when a student’s third Penalty is being determined.
The following chart lists the Warning and Penalty options for each of the 11 Academic Offences:
If you have any questions about Warnings or Penalties, please feel free to email the Academic Integrity Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy A136: Academic Integrity: https://www.fanshawec.ca/sites/default/files/2021-06/a136.pdf