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The following is a list of questions that students often ask when there is an accusation of academic dishonesty. Students should refer to the University’s Academic Regulations and the Academic Integrity Policy; and are encouraged to seek assistance by contacting the Students' Ombudsperson.
1. I received an email or a letter from my Graduate Program Director requesting an interview. What is the purpose of this meeting?
If the Graduate Program Director has contacted you; it is because your Instructor has expressed a concern regarding your academic work. The email message or letter you received should state a concern regarding an allegation of academic dishonesty with regard to your academic work. The purpose of the meeting is an attempt to discover the circumstances of the alleged academic dishonesty
During the meeting, it will be explained to you what the specific concerns are and you be given an opportunity to verbally respond to the allegation(s); as well, you will be informed of the discipline process.
At the end of the meeting, the Graduate Program Director shall inform you of his/her discipline recommendation; and, where appropriate, refer the case to the Facutly Dean.
2. What happens if I do not attend the interview?
Not attending the interview means that you forefeit your right (to defend yourself) to respond to the allegation(s). The discipline process will continue, with you “in absentia” and an appropriate penalty will be determined. This means: decisions that may affect your academic standing will be made without your input. You will be notified, in writing, of any discipline outcome or penalty.
Graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in proceedings that may have an impact on their academic standing; and, suggest that you contact the Students' Ombudsperson for assistance.
3. What happens when my case is forwarded to the Faculty Dean?
The Faculty Dean will request to meet with you. The Faculty Dean will discuss the specifics of the accusation of academic dishonesty with you; and you will again, be given an opportunity to respond to the accusation. If there is information or documentation that was not presented or discussed during your meeting with the Graduate Program Director, this is the time to bring this information forward.
At the end of the meeting, the Faculty Dean shall inform you of his/her discipline recommendation; and, where appropriate, refer the case to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
4. What happens when my case is forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies?
The Dean of Graduate Studies will request to meet with you. The Dean of Graduate Studies will discuss the specifics of the accusation of academic dishonesty with you; and you will again, be given an opportunity to respond to the accusation. If there is information or documentation that was not presented or discussed during your meeting with the Graduate Program Director, this is the time to bring this information forward.
At the end of the meeting, the Dean of Graduate Studies shall inform you of his/her discipline recommendation; and, inform the student of his/her right to appeal.
5. What if I disagree with the discipline?
Graduate students have the right to appeal the decision of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Appeals of this type are submitted to the Senate Students Appeals Board for review.
It should be noted that dissatisfaction with a penalty will not be considered sufficient grounds for an appeal.
6. Do I need a lawyer?
No, you will not need a lawyer. Meetings, hearings and other proceedings at Brock University do not follow the same procedures used in courtrooms. The University investigates charges of academic dishonesty and resolves issues in an atmosphere that is collegial, transparent of process, civil and guided by the principles of natural justice.
The University’s Academic Integrity Policy allows graduate students to be accompanied to any interview, meeting or hearing by one member of the University community to act as an advisor; and encourages them to contact the Students’ Ombuds Office for assistance.
7. Will my parents or guardian be notified of any sanctions I receive?
No, your parents or guardian will not be notified of any accusation of academic dishonesty or sanction for academic misconduct. However, it should be noted that written correspondence regarding any discipline decision or outcome shall be forwarded to the graduate student’s mailing address, unless specifically requested to be sent to the student's badger email account.
The University’s policies regarding the confidentiality and release of student records guides what, and when, information may be made available. Therefore, any information requested by a parent, guardian or other third party will only be disclosed with your written consent. Your written consent should outline the specific information being requested.