Case #699

DATE: August 21, 2013
PARTIES: University of Toronto v. V.P.


Hearing Date(s): August 13, 2013

Panel Members:

Clifford Lax, Chair
Pascal Van Lieshout, Faculty Member
Stoney Baker, Student Member


Appearances:
Lily Harmer, Assistant Discipline Counsel for the University
Julia Wilkes, Counsel for the Student

In Attendance:
The Student
Brian Corman, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education
Christopher Lang, Director, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances

Trial Division – s. B.i.1(e) and s. B.i.1(d) of the Code – plagiarism and resubmitted work – submitted work that had been authored by a group including the Student without attribution to former group members – submitted work that had been previously submitted as a group assignment for credit – Agreed Statement of Facts – guilty plea – Joint Submission on Penalty – second offence – previous offence was recent and for similar conduct – Student admitted guilt early and was cooperative throughout the process – Joint Submission on Penalty accepted – grade assignment of FZ for one course; four-year suspension; five-year notation on transcript; report to Provost for publication


Student charged with one offence under s. B.i.1(e), one offence under s. B.i.1(d), and in the alternative, one offence under s. B.i.3(b) of the Code. The charges related to an allegation that the Student resubmitted work for which she had previously received credit. The Student pleaded guilty and the matter proceeded by way of an Agreed Statement of Facts. The work that was resubmitted by the Student for credit was originally authored by a group that included the Student. The resubmitted work did not include appropriate reference to the contributions made by the Student’s former group members. The Panel accepted the Student’s guilty plea and the University withdrew the alternative charge. The parties presented a Joint Submission on Penalty. This was the Student’s second offence. The Student had been sanctioned for similar conduct at the Decanal level a year prior to the current hearing. The Student admitted to committing the offence early in the process and subsequently cooperated with the University. The Panel accepted the joint submission and imposed a final grade of FZ in one course, a four-year suspension, a five-year notation on the Student’s transcript, and ordered that the case be reported to the Provost for publication.