Case #503

DATE: June 27, 2008
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. X. Z.
Hearing Date(s): information not available

Panel Members:
Janet E. Minor
Professor Graham Trope
Steven Meurrens

Appearances:
Jack Siegel, for the Student (Student not in attendance)
Lily Harmer, Assistant Discipline Counsel for the University

Trial Division – s. B.i.3(a) of the Code – forgery of documents – altered mid term and quiz submitted for re–grading –Agreed Statement of Facts – guilty plea – Joint Submission on Penalty – no prior offences – cooperation with discipline process – academic status relative to graduation – misconduct affected acceptance to graduate school – Joint Submission on Penalty accepted – grade assignment of zero for two courses; two-year suspension; three-year notation on transcript; and report to Provost

The Student was charged with six offences under the Code. The charges related to allegations that the Student submitted for re-grading an altered midterm test and quiz in two courses. The matter proceeded based upon an Agreed Statement of Facts. The Student pleaded guilty to two offences under s. B.i.3(a). On the basis of the Agreed Statement of Facts and the submissions of both parties, the Panel accepted the plea and found the Student guilty. The parties submitted a Joint Submission on Penalty. The Panel considered that the two incidents were the Student’s first offence, and that she admitted her misconduct and cooperated with the proceedings. The Panel observed that the Student had completed all her program requirements and suffered repercussions from her misconduct, in that it had affected her acceptance to graduate school. The Panel found that the joint submission was appropriate and imposed a two-year suspension; a grade of zero in the two courses; a three-year notation on the Student’s academic record and transcript; and that a report be issued to the Provost.