1. Integrity at Carleton University
  2. Process
  3. What To Do If Accused
  4. Examples of Violations
  5. Examples of Sanctions
  6. Appeal Process
    1. Filing an Appeal
    2. Appeal Decision

Integrity at Carleton University

Carleton University demands academic integrity from all its members. “The Academic Integrity Policy” (available on the Senate website) governs the academic behavior of students. Academic Integrity is defined as:

“A commitment even in the face of adversity to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.” – Centre for Academic Integrity (1999)

Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is destructive to the values of the university, and risks harming the university’s reputation as place of learning and innovation. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to those students who pursue their studies honestly.


The Academic Integrity Policy is implemented at the faculty level across the university. Appeals of the Academic Integrity Policy are administered by the Assistant Registrar, Central Academic Records.

  • Step 1: Instructor believes misconduct has occurred
  • Step 2: Faculty Dean reviews documentation
  • Step 3: Student is contacted by email and letter
  • Step 4: Meeting with student, Dean and Advisor
  • Step 5: Dean informs student of decision
  • Appeal: Student has the right to appeal the decision

What To Do If Accused

If you have been accused of breaching the Academic Integrity Policy, your Faculty Dean will inform you by email and in writing of the nature of the charge, the evidence against you, the procedures to be followed, and the time and place of the meeting.

Examples of Violations

The following list includes, but is not limited to, examples of violations under the Academic Integrity policy. Please refer to the full “Academic Integrity Policy” (available on the Senate website) for more information.

Examples of Sanctions

The following list includes, but is not limited to, a few examples of sanctions that may be used independently or in combination, depending on the details of the academic integrity violation. Repeat or multiple violations will increase the sanction. Refer to the “Academic Integrity Policy” (available on the Senate website) for more information.

  • A grade of zero, a failure or a reduced grade for the piece of academic work
  • Reduction of final grade in the course
  • Completion of a remediation process
  • Resubmission of academic work
  • Withdrawal from course(s)
  • Suspension from a program of study
  • A letter of reprimand

Appeal Process

All students have the right to appeal a sanction imposed pursuant to this Policy to the Student Academic Integrity Appeals Committee. A decision and/or a penalty imposed under the procedures described above should be made within ten (10) days after you have been advised of the decision and/or sanction. Normally, the original sanction will remain in effect until the appeal is completed.

Filing an Appeal

Appeals shall be made in writing using the online appeal application form. The appeal must contain a concise statement that identifies precisely the grounds for the appeal. You are advised to consult with the Ombudsperson or the Assistant Registrar, Central Academic Records for assistance in completing your appeal documentation.

Appeal Decision

  • The Committee will notify the appellant and original decision-maker in writing within ten (10) days of the time and date that the Senate Committee meets to review the appeal application.
  • Decisions of the Senate Student Academic Integrity Appeals Committee are final.
  • The procedural rules for the hearing of an appeal are approved by Senate and are in accordance with principles of procedural fairness.