Academic Penalty

Failure in a course results when a candidate:

  • ceases to attend classes without notifying the Continuing Education Office in writing.

  • does not complete all course requirements.

  • does not write the final examination (if applicable).

  • commits a serious breach of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, e.g., plagiarism.

Petitions based on medical or compassionate grounds must be submitted to the Continuing Education Office, with supporting documentation, before the course ends.


The Office of Teaching Advancement of the University of Toronto posts the following definitions of plagiarism on its Web site,

What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism, as defined in the [University of Toronto] Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (Appendix A, Item p). . . is contained in the original (1621) meaning in English: "the wrongful appropriation and purloining, and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas ... of another." This most common, and frequently most elusive of academic infractions is normally associated with student essays. Plagiarism can, however, also threaten the integrity of studio and seminar room, laboratory and lecture hall. Plagiarism is at once a perversion of originality and a denial of the interdependence and mutuality which are the heart of scholarship itself, and hence of the academic experience. Instructors should make clear what constitutes plagiarism within a particular discipline.

The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (University of Toronto, Governing Council Secretariat, 1995, B.1. d-f) reads as follows:

It shall be an offence for a student knowingly:

  • to represent as one's own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work, i.e., to commit plagiarism [wherever in the Code an offence is described as depending on “knowing”, the offence shall likewise be deemed to have been committed if the person ought to have known];
  • to submit, without the knowledge and approval of the instructor to whom it is submitted, any academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course or program of study in the University or elsewhere;
  • to submit any academic work containing a purported statement of fact or reference to a source which has been concocted.