Academic Misconduct and Appeals

Academic Misconduct and Appeals at Niagara College

At the completion of this online course, the learner will be able to:

The learner will be evaluated at the end of each module through:

Module 1: Academic Misconduct - What is it?


1. General Overview

2. Plagiarism

3. Cheating

4. Fabricating Data

What is Academic Misconduct?

Serious and intolerable offence

3 Main Categories:

Describing Plagiarism

nc Libraries (2015, October 23). Don’t Lose “Cite” of Avoiding Plagiarism [Video File].Retrieved from



Understanding Plagiarism

YSJ ADD (2013, January 22). Understanding Plagiarism [Video File]. Retrieved from



Involves the use of unauthorized aids in assignments and exams



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Fabricating Data

When an individual knowingly distorts or fabricates experimental results or data

UWlibrary (2013, June 27). Academic Integrity: Fabrication [Video File]. Retrieve from

Do you know what Academic Misconduct is?

  • Plagiarism
    Passing off the work or ideas of another as your own or replicating your own previous work and passing it off as a new work
  • Cheating
    Using unauthorized aids in exams or assignments
  • Falsifying Data
    Knowingly distorting or fabricating research data or results

Module 2: Academic Misconduct - What to do?

What to do?

Work through a scenario on the steps you should take if a student has committed Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct - What to do?

What should you do?

  • You must have evidence before proceeding with charge of Academic Misconduct
  • You should go straight to the VP (Academic) or the Registrar with Academic Misconduct charge before confronting the student
  • If student does not admit culpability, you must submit the charge in writing
  • The last step in the process is the Academic Administrator reporting the incident to the VP (Academic) and the Registrar

Module 3: Academic Misconduct - What are the costs?


  1. Minimum Penalty
  2. Suspensions
  3. Expulsion
  4. Student Academic Files

Minimum Penalty

For First Offence:

  • Mark of zero for work involved


Niagara College reserves right to assess suspension at level of:

  • Course
  • Program
  • College


Suspensions are dependent upon:

  • Nature of event
  • Severity of event
  • Number of previous offences

If suspended, students will be formally notified by Niagara College



Expelled students will be formally notified in writing by:

  • The Registrar
  • The Academic Administrator of the Divison

Expelled students will not be eligible to apply for readmission for 12 months

Student Academic Files

The Registrar records all cases of Academic Misconduct

Offences are kept on file for 2 years

Q1 of 4: The minimum penalty for a first offence is:

  • Course Suspension
  • Expulsion from Niagara College
  • Mark of zero for work involved
  • Suspension from student's program

Q2 of 4: Niagara College has the right to assess suspension:

  • From the course in which Academic Misconduct occurred.
  • From the program that the student is in
  • From Niagara College
  • All of the above

Q3 of 4: Expelled students will be notified in writing by:

  • The Vice President, Academic
  • The Registrar
  • You, the Professor
  • The Academic Administrator of the Division
  • Both B and C

Q4 of 4: The Registrar keeps files of Academic Offences for:

  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 5 years

Module 4: Academic Appeals - What is the process?


  1. What Students Can Appeal
  2. Informal Process
  3. Formal Process - Administrative Review
  4. Formal Process - Committee Review
  5. Steps in Formal Appeal Hearing
  6. Appeal Decisions

What Students Can Appeal

Students can appeal decisions regarding:

  • Admissions
  • Promotion Decisions
  • Course Grades

Informal Process

Students must first approach:

  • Professor, if a concern with grading
  • Academic Administrator, if concern with admissions or promotion

If resolution is unreachable at this stage, it will continue to a Formal Process

Formal Process - Administrative Review

Formal Process

If Administrative Review fails to resolve issue, student may request a Committee Review

The Registrar will determine if matter fits the criteria for an Academic Committee Appeal

Formal Process - Committee Review

Appeal Decision

Committee can only direct that:

1. Decision remain unchanged

2. Re-evaluation of student's work to be completed by another qualified faculty member in that area

3. Grade be changed to INC (incomplete) and student allowed to do specific item of work for a new evaluation by another qualified faculty member in that area

4. Course be removed from student's record

5. Student be allowed admission into a program subject to space being available in program

Q1 of 3: What decisions can students appeal:

  • Courses they must take as part of their program
  • Grades received
  • Admission to a course or program
  • The Start time of a course
  • Promotion decisions

Q2 of 3: Who should students approach with their concern?

  • Academic Administrator
    Concern with admissions and promotion decisions
  • His/Her Professor
    Concern with grades

Q3 of 3: What is the progression of the Appeals Process?

  • Student Meets with Professor/Academic Administrative
  • Academic Administrator will review the case
  • A Committee will review the case


The End


You have successfully completed all 4 Modules on Academic Misconduct and Appeals

To review any of this content, refer to the following documents in your Training Manual:

  • College Practices: Student Academic Misconduct
  • College Practices and Procedures: Appeal of Academic Decisions

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