Case #570

DATE: December 22, 2009
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. J.D.

Hearing Date(s): August 21, 2009

Panel Members:
Ms. Janet Minor, Chair
Prof. Kathi Wilson, Faculty Member
Mr. Jamon Camisso, Student Member

Mr. Robert Centa, Assistant Discipline Counsel for the University

In Attendance:
Ms. Lucy Gaspini, Academic Affairs Officer, Office of the Dean, University of Toronto
Mr. Henry T. Mulhall, Assistant Secretary of the Governing Council, Office of the Governing Council

Trial Division – plagiarism – concocting references – course work – hearing not attended – agreed statement of facts – joint submission on penalty – agreed statement of facts and joint submission on penalty accepted – finding of guilt – prior offences - grade of zero in course; 4 year suspension; 5 year notation on transcript; and report to Provost with name of Student withheld

The Student was charged under the Code. The Student plead guilty to the charges and an Agreed Statement of Facts and a Joint Submission on penalty were presented to the Panel. The Panel accepted the above and imposed a penalty of a grade of zero in POL 442, a four year suspension, a 5 year transcript notation, and a report to the Provost. The Panel noted that it was a clear case of plagiarism and that the student admitted concocting references. The Panel noted sanctioning principles in Mr. C (1976-1977); namely, that the student accepted responsibility, that there were not mitigating factors given that the Student did not attend the hearing, and that the Student had two prior offences. The Panel considered University of Toronto and MHH, where the Panel noted the seriousness of the offence of plagiarism. The Panel noted the harm caused to the University (University of Toronto and SB, November 2007).