Case #689

DATE: April 12, 2013
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. T.Z.

Hearing Date(s): March 22, 2013

Panel Members:
Mr. Bernard Fishbein, Chair
Prof. Louis Florence, Faculty Member
Mr. David Kleinman, Student Member

Mr. Robert Centa, Assistant Discipline Counsel for the University
Ms. Kaylee Silver, DLS for the Student

In Attendance:
T.Z., the Student
Ms. Kristi Gourlay, manager, Office of Student Academic Integrity, Faculty of Arts and Science
Mr. Jason Marin, Administrative Assistant, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances

Trial Division – s. B.i.1(d) and s. B.i.1(f) of Code – plagiarism – passages from essay taken verbatim from various sources – Agreed Statement of Facts – guilty plea – finding of guilt – Joint Submission on Penalty – Panel accepted JSP – grade assignment of zero for course; five-year suspension; notation on transcript until graduation; report to Provost

Student charged under s. B.i.1(d) and s. B.i.1(f) of the Code. The charges related to allegations that the Student submitted an essay containing passages taken verbatim from various sources and concocted sources. The Parties submitted an Agreed Statement of Facts. The Student pleaded guilty to the charges, and the Panel found the Student guilty under s. B.i.1(d) and s. B.i.1(f). The Parties submitted a Joint Submission on Penalty which stated that the Student had two prior academic offences, an unauthorized aid offence and a plagiarism offence, and that the Student faced deportation back to Jordan due to his student visa being revoked. The Panel accepted the Joint Submission and imposed a grade assignment of zero for the course; a five-year suspension; a notation on the transcript until graduation; and a report to Provost.