Case #466

DATE: July 27, 2009
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. K.Z.

Hearing Date(s): September 26, 2007

Panel Members:
Mr. Michael Hines, Chair
Prof. Graham Trope, Faculty Member
Ms. Sara Ageorlo, Student Member

Mr. Robert A. Centa, Assistant Discipline Counsel for the University

Trial Division – s. B.i.1(d) of Code – plagiarism – passages from essay taken verbatim from internet sources – hearing not attended – Consent to the hearing proceeding in absence – Agreed Statement of Facts – guilty plea – finding of guilt – Joint Submission on Penalty – grade assignment of zero for courses; three-year suspension; three-year notation on transcript; report to Provost

Student charged under s. B.i.1(d) of the Code. The charges related to allegations that the Student submitted essays for two courses, each essay containing passages taken verbatim from internet sources. The Student did not attend the hearing, but submitted a Consent to the hearing proceeding in her absence. The parties submitted an Agreed Statement of Facts, and the Student pleaded guilty to the charges. The Panel found the Student guilty under s. B.i.1(d). The parties also submitted a Joint Submission on Penalty. The Panel reviewed the joint submission and concluded that it reflected an appropriate penalty. The Panel imposed a grade assignment of zero in each of the two courses; a three-year suspension; a three-year notation on the Student’s transcript; and a report be issued to the Provost.