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First Offences

Depending on the type of offence, and only if it's the student's first offence, a student may receive a warning. If a warning is filed, no penalty is applied. The student is directed to complete the educational opportunity and assessment, and other educational supports may be recommended.

For a first offence not within the warning category, an offence should be filed and an appropriate penalty selected.

Subsequent Offences

If the student has a warning or offence filed against them, an offence will be filed and a penalty will be applied. The professor will apply a penalty that is progressive/ incremental in severity based on the nature of the previous penalty applied for earlier offences.

Penalties for Academic Offences

Students who are found to have committed an academic offence may receive one or more academic penalties and may also be required to complete one or more educational opportunities designed to reduce repeated offences. 

Penalties will be assigned on a graduated/incremental scale based on the severity of the offence.

Depending on the offence the student may receive a

  • written reprimand and be required to re-submit the assignment or project.
  • mark of zero with no opportunity to re-submit.
  • failing grade for the course.
  • suspension from Conestoga, no assignment, test or exam make-ups, and no refunds.
  • discontinuance from Conestoga for a minimum of one year, a failing grade for all courses, and no refunds.

View the full policy and procedure

Types of Academic Misconduct that May Receive a Warning:

  • Citing and Referencing Errors and Omissions.
  • Copyright Infringement.
  • Not maintaining security of work.
  • Improper behaviour during a testing situation.
  • Loaning work to someone else.
  • Unauthorized collaboration.
  • Copying from others or self-copying.
  • Unauthorized aids and assistance.
  • Unscholarly behaviour.
  • Students may also be issued an offence for one of these academic offences.

Types of Academic Misconduct that Must Receive an Offence


  • Aiding and Abetting.
  • Contract Cheating.
  • Misrepresentation and Fraud.
  • Plagiarism.