Departmental Statement on Academic Misconduct and Late Essay Policy

Faculty of Social Science

Departmental Statement on Academic Misconduct and Late Essay Policy

Statement on Academic Misconduct
Because academic integrity is vital to the well-being of the university community, Brock University takes academic misconduct very seriously. Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, which involves presenting the words and ideas of another person as if they were your own, and other forms of cheating, such as using crib notes during a test or fabricating data for a lab assignment. The penalties for academic misconduct can be very severe. A grade of zero may be given for the assignment or even for the course, and a second offense may result in suspension from the University. Students are urged to read the section of the Brock University Undergraduate Calendar that pertains to academic misconduct. Students are also reminded that the Student Development Centre (Schmon Tower, Room 400) offers free workshops on writing and study skills and on avoiding plagiarism.

Policy of Late Essays
The policy of the Department is that essays received by the instructor or deposited in the Political Science department Essay box after 4:00 p.m. of the date on which they were due will be penalized two per cent for each day late from Monday through Friday and five per cent for the period from Friday 4:00 p.m. to Monday 8:30 a.m., and that no paper will be accepted two weeks after the due date.

An essay is considered received when the original hard copy (printed-not disk) of the paper is in the hands of the instructor or in the box outside the Political Science Department's office. Having an essay date-stamped by security, or the library, or anyone else does not constitute receipt of the essay by the Political Science Department. Instructors may require that essays be submitted electronically through In this case, students must consult with Instructor on what constitutes as a late essay.

Instructors may establish more restrictive deadlines or more severe penalties in particular courses - check the course outline. Extensions of due dates are granted only in circumstances that are beyond the student's control, such as health problems that are supported by a medical certificate, or other, clearly equivalent situations.

Time management problems are not grounds for extensions. You are strongly urged to avoid these penalties by beginning to work on essays early in the term; by setting your own target dates for completion that are several days before the due date; and by carefully budgeting your time.

Policy on Returning Marked Essays
Marked essays will normally be returned during class meetings or at the final examination. Students who are not in class to receive their essays or do not receive them at the final examination can obtain them in two ways:

  • directly from the instructor during his/her office hours (unless the instructor specifies in the course outline or by notice on his/her office door that this option is not available), and/or
  • directly from the instructor on specific days and at specific times announced in class or posted on his/her office door.

Note : Essays that are not picked up within six months after the end of term will be shredded.