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Academic Dishonesty Policy

1. The Ontario Good Roads Association has a zero tolerance towards academic dishonesty and takes all incidents of cheating very seriously.

2. The following acts or omissions constitute academic dishonesty and are prohibited:

  1. plagiarism, i.e. submit academic work that has been entirely or in part, copied from or written by another person without proper acknowledgement, or, for which previous credit has not been obtained,
  2. submit academic work for assessment that was purchased or acquired from another source,
  3. collaborate improperly on academic work,
  4. aid or abet another student’s academic dishonesty,
  5. copy or use unauthorized aids (e.g., “cheat sheets”, cell phones, etc.) in quizzes, examinations, or other evaluated item,
  6. submit false information to gain a postponement or advantage for any academic work, e.g., a test or an examination,
  7. impersonate or ask another student to impersonate, either in person or electronically, for the purpose of academic assessment,
  8. provide a false signature for attendance at any class The above list of examples of academic dishonesty is not meant to be exhaustive.

3. Any student caught partaking in academic dishonesty will receive a mark of zero for the course.

4. A note will be placed in their profile in the OGRA database indicating the reason for the mark of zero.

5. The student will receive a letter from OGRA confirming that they have committed academic dishonesty within 30 days of the incident.

6. Any student who has been found guilty of academic dishonesty may file an appeal within 30 days of the date of the letter reference in clause 5 above. Should a student file an appeal within the timelines set out herein the following process will be followed:

  1. OGRA staff will confirm the student’s name, contact information, which school/course was involved and the Course Director name and contact information.
  2. A panel will be convened to hear and consider the student’s appeal. The panel will consist of:
    1. OGRA’s Manager of Professional Development & Training
    2. Two Board Members – one from the Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Member Services Committee.
  3. If the affected course is in the MIT program, the Chair of MEA’s Training Committee or a member of MEA’s Board of Directors will also sit on the appeals hearing panel
    Note: Those on the panel may not be volunteers for the school affected by the appeal. If either or both Board embers are involved with the school/course, alternate Board members will be substituted.

7. The panel will:

  1.  Gather information from the Course Director or exam proctor who determined there was an occurrence of academic dishonesty;
  2.  Gather information from the student via face-to-face or telephone interview;
  3.  Determine whether the appeal should be granted.

8. The student’s profile in OGRA’s data base will be updated to indicate an appeal was made, and the outcome.

9. If the student is successful with the appeal, the student will either be given the opportunity to (re)write the exam(s) within three months of receiving the decision or other remedies as appropriate.