1. Academic Integrity at Carleton
  2. Process
    1. What to do if Accused
  3. Examples of Violations
  4. Examples of Sanctions
  5. Appeal Process
  6. Guide for Faculty
  7. Additional Resources

Academic Integrity at Carleton

Carleton University demands academic integrity from all its members.  The Academic Integrity Policy (PDF) governs the academic behaviour 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.


  • If you would like to contact the Office of the Ombuds about an issue or concern, please send an e-mail to ombuds@carleton.ca or visit the Ombuds website to submit a request for assistance.

Notifying the Registrar’s Office

  • If the allegation relates to a course in which the student is registered, the student, and the Registrar’s Office will be notified by the Faculty Dean that the student shall not be permitted to withdraw from the course concerned while under investigation for a breach of this Policy. The notification from the Dean’s Office to the Registrar’s Office will not include any particulars of the allegation.

Response to Meeting Request

  • If you do not respond within fifteen (15) working days to the request for a meeting, or if you refuse to attend the meeting, the Dean may make a decision based on the available evidence. In the case that you are unable to attend a meeting in person, you may request a telephone meeting and it will be arranged.

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 (PDF) for more information.

  1. Plagiarism:
    • submitting work written in whole or in part by someone else
    • Failing to acknowledge sources through the use of proper citations when using another’s work
  2. Test and Exam Rules:
    • Attempting to read another student’s exam paper
    • Speaking to another student (even if subject matter is irrelevant to text)
    • Using material not authorized by the examiner
  3. Other Violations:
    • Improper access to confidential information such as exams or test questions
    • Disruption of classroom activities or periods of instruction
    • Misrepresentation of facts for any academic purpose

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 (PDF) 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.

Other Appeals

Please note the following appeal processes and special requests are handled outside of Student Affairs:

  • Appealing a parking offense notice (Parking Services)
  • Special requests such as a deferral of an examination or assignment, a request for special consideration, or review of a grade (Registrar’s Office)

Guide for Faculty

Academic Integrity: An Instructor’s Guide (PDF) is designed to help faculty understand student academic misconduct and to help encourage student academic integrity values. One of the strongest predictors of student academic integrity is the student’s relationship with faculty.

Instructors play a direct role in shaping student’s attitudes towards academic integrity and developing a sense of pride in sound scholarship. For more information on reporting misconduct, reducing opportunities for academic dishonesty, classroom activities, and your role as a faculty member please refer to the Instructor’s Guide (PDF).

Additional Resources