Case #01-02-03

Case #01-02-03

FILE: Case #01-02-03 (2001-2002)
DATE: March 4, 2002
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. S.S.

Hearing Date(s): February 28, 2002

Panel Members:
N. Jane Pepino, Q.C., Co-Chair
Chris Ambidge, Faculty member
M. Blair Mascall, student

Salim Hirji, for the Student
Lily I. Harmer, for the University

In attendance:
Mr. S.S.
Michael Lettieri, Associate Dean, UTM

Trial Division - s. B.i.1(b) of Code - unauthorized aids - pre-written answers submitted in final exam - Agreed Statement of Facts – guilty plea – premeditated and deceitful offence - potential of not being discovered - no mitigating evidence - two-year suspension consistent with Tribunal decisions – grade assignment of zero for course; two-year suspension; three-year notation on the Student’s transcript, or until graduation; and report to Provost

Student charged under s. B.i.1(b) of the Code. The charges related to allegations that the Student submitted pre-written answers during a final exam. The Student pleaded guilty to the charges. The parties submitted an Agreed Statement of Facts. The Panel considered the Student’s guilty plea and the Agreed Statement of Facts and accepted the guilty plea. The Panel found that the offense was very serious because of its premeditated, deceitful nature and its potential of not being discovered. The Panel found no extenuating circumstances. The Panel found that it was important that the University community be aware of the seriousness with which the University deals with such offenses. The Panel found that a two-year suspension was consistent with Tribunal decisions rendered in similar circumstances involving pre-meditation. The Panel found that there should be a three-year notation but it did not want to discourage the Student’s return to the University at the earliest possible opportunity. The Panel imposed a grade of zero in the course; a two-year suspension; a three-year notation on the Student’s academic record and transcript, or until graduation; and that a report be issued to the Provost.