Case #739

DATE: October 7, 2014 

PARTIES: University of Toronto v C.L.
Hearing Date(s): August 27, 2014
Panel Members: 
Clifford Lax, Chair 
Maria Rozakis-Adcock, Faculty Member 
Susan Mazzatto, Student Member 
Tina Lie, Assistant Discipline Counsel 
Terry Johnston, Office of Convocation
Lucy Gaspini, Manager, Academic Integrity and Affairs, UTM
Catherine Seguin, Dean’s Designate, UTM
In Attendance: 
Adam Wheeler, Observer
Natalie Ramtahal, Coordinator, Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances
Trial Division – s. B.i.1(a) and s. B.i.3(b) of the Code – forgery – impersonation of a graduate at graduation ceremony – Student not at hearing – Admission of Guilt at Dean’s Designate meeting – finding of guilt – third offence – recommendation of expulsion; five year suspension; academic record notation; report to Provost
The Student impersonated another student at a graduation ceremony. He mounted the stage, had his photo taken using the name of a real graduate, and signed a book in order to receive a diploma. The Student had two prior offences of plagiarism for which he received a zero in the course.  In a meeting with the Dean’s Designate the Student admitted his guilt under s. B.i.1(a) and s. B.i.3(b) of the Code.
The Student did not appear at the hearing and the Panel felt that, coupled with the prior offences, the Student had no place at the University. The Panel said the Student’s actions were deliberate, brazen, and without explanation. The Panel recommended expulsion, imposed a suspension of up to five years or until expulsion, whichever comes first, a notation be placed on his academic record, and that the case be reported to the Provost for publication.