Academic Discipline

do you want help with your academic discipline matter?

Downtown Legal Services (DLS) can help! DLS is a legal clinic with experience representing students in the academic discipline process. It is located on the University of Toronto campus and provides free legal services to students who qualify.

IMPORTANT: Due to the pandemic, electronic hearings (i.e. hearings held virtually via Zoom) are now the default method of hearing before the University Tribunal. The University Tribunal's Rules of Practice and Procedure have been amended accordingly. To ensure cases are processed and heard expeditiously, we no longer need to consult with either the Senior Chair or the Chair assigned to a case to schedule an electronic hearing. This approach will apply to cases for which a notice of hearing is issued after July 16, 2021, and will apply until further notice.

Please note that parties who wish to proceed in-person can still request an oral hearing under the Rules.

Downtown Legal Services has been operating remotely since June 1, 2020. If you are a Student facing charges and you are seeking representation, please contact their Office if you wish to consult their services.

The University Tribunal functions in accordance with the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters and is comprised of two divisions:

1. The Trial Division, which is also referred to as the University Tribunal.

2. The Appeal Division, which is also referred to as the Discipline Appeals Board. Decisions of the Tribunal (the Trial Division) can be appealed to the Discipline Appeals Board.

The University Tribunal, in addition to reporting to the Academic Board regarding policy and procedures in respect of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, also recommends to the Governing Council that certain sanctions be imposed against students found guilty of academic misconduct.

There are also Rules of Practice and Procedure which outline some processes.

The ADFG Office does not handle Divisional matters. If your matter has not been referred to the Provost, and formal charges have not been laid, you should contact your Registrar. For more information on Divisional procedures, please see the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters or please refer to the At the Faculty/Division section of the website.

the importance of academic integrity

A Message from the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

"All members of the U of T community—students, faculty, and staff—have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in their work. Acting with academic integrity means respecting the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage in your work. If you are a student and find yourself needing help on an assignment or with your studies, there are many places to turn; cheating is never the right choice. Please visit to learn more about smart strategies to avoid academic misconduct throughout your time at this great university. "

- Professor Heather Boon, Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

Relevant Sections of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

“The University and its members have a responsibility to ensure that a climate which might encourage, or conditions which might enable, cheating, misrepresentation or unfairness not be tolerated. To this end, all must acknowledge that seeking credit or other advantages by fraud or misrepresentation, or seeking to disadvantage others by disruptive behaviour is unacceptable, as is any dishonesty or unfairness in dealing with the work or record of a student.”

- Section B of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

“At both the divisional level and the level of the University Tribunal, the procedures for handling charges of academic offences involving students reflect the gravity with which the University views such offences. At the same time, these procedures and those which ensure students the right of appeal represent the University’s commitment to fairness and the cause of justice.”

- Section C of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

Please note: the contents of the web site, where possible, have been written in simplified language. Should a question/dispute arise where the language in the web site differs from the Code, the Code will prevail.

do you want an easy way to understand the academic discipline process?

Click below for an easy-to-understand flowchart illustrating the entire academic discipline process.