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Penalties for Academic Offences

The College implements a progressive and incremental process for students who have been found responsible for an academic incident.

Students who have been found responsible for an academic incident will receive one of two outcomes: warning or offence.

If a warning is filed to the system, no academic penalty is applied. The student is directed to complete the educational modules in eConestoga, and other educational supports may be recommended. A student may receive more than one warning. For instance, if a student has not had adequate time to complete the educational modules, a faculty may assign another warning.

An offence is filed to the system for a first incident, not within the warning category or has received multiple academic incidents. In addition to completing the educational modules in eConestoga and other educational modules, the faculty will also apply an academic penalty.  

An academic incident (warning or offence) is filed to the system but not on their transcript.

Types of Academic Penalties

Students who are found to have committed an academic incident that resulted in receiving an academic offence may receive an academic penalty and are required to complete two or more educational Academic Integrity Modules, which are designed to reduce repeated incidents. 

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

Depending on the type of incident, a student may receive the following penalties:

Category 1

  • Rework and resubmit the assessment. The new submission is graded and an appropriate late penalty is applied.
  • Rework and resubmit the assessment up to a passing mark (if not submitted by faculty assigned date, mark = 0).
  • Partial marks on the assessment with no opportunity to resubmit.
  • Loss of an alpha grade on the assessment.
  • Zero when the assessment value is less than 10%.

Category 2

  • Fail on a pass/fail assessment.
  • Loss of an alpha grade in the course.
  • Zero when the assessment value is between 10-19%.

Category 3

  • Zero when the assessment value is greater than 20%.
  • Zero in the Course.
  • Other.

Category 4

  • Suspension from Conestoga College.
  • Discontinuance from Conestoga College.

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.
  • Facilitated Academic Misconduct
  • 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.