The Role of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in Academic Misconduct

In the steps outlined below, “The Dean” means “The Dean and Vice-Provost of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (or designated Associate Dean)”.

  1. The Dean will inform the student about the allegations of academic misconduct and schedule a meeting to discuss them. The Dean will alert the student's disciplinary faculty (through the Associate Dean responsible for graduate education) that an investigation has begun.
  2. The Dean will interview the student and possibly others, including the course instructor, the graduate program advisor and the student’s supervisor. The interview should produce answers for all the questions on the “Statement of Case” form prescribed by the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (PACSD), and such other questions as seem relevant to the case. The student may bring a witness or advocate to the meeting. The student will be asked to provide a written response and explanation to the Dean shortly after the meeting.
  3. The Dean may then choose to refer the case to the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (PACSD) for a formal disciplinary hearing. The next paragraph offers some information on the ensuing process. In other cases, the Dean may consider a letter of warning to the student to be an adequate response. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will then inform the PACSD of its decision (with rationale); copies of the letter of warning will be sent to the PACSD, the Dean's office in the student's disciplinary faculty, the graduate advisor responsible for the student's program, and the student's academic supervisor.

Next: The President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline