Academic misconduct is a serious offence. The principle of academic integrity,
particularly of doing one’s own work, documenting properly (including use of
quotation marks, appropriate paraphrasing and referencing/citation),
collaborating appropriately, and avoiding misrepresentation, is a core principle
in university study. Students should consult
“Academic Misconduct” section in the Undergraduate Calendar
to view a fuller description of prohibited actions, and the procedures and penalties.
The University takes academic misconduct extremely seriously and will follow its
strict procedures to the letter in all cases.
A helpful website explains Brock's Academic Integrity Policy.
Please consult it, as all students are expected to know and abide by its provisions.
Courses may use turnitin.com, a phrase-matching software, to verify originality
of your submitted lab reports and written assignments. If you object to uploading your assignmentsr
to turnitin.com for any reason, please notify the instructor to discuss alternative submissions.
Be aware that it is the policy of the Department of Physics that any academic
misconduct including (but not limited to) possessing, using or accessing
unauthorized material in any form (including online) during final exams or
assessments will automatically result in zero grade for the exam. Since
most courses require a minimum passing grade on the final exam to complete the
course, this will likely lead to a failure in the course.
FMS Penalties for Academic Misconduct
Unless otherwise specified, the Department of Physics follows the following
minimum penalty guidelines for cases of academic misconduct in the Faculty of
Mathematics and Science (FMS). Please be aware that the Associate Dean,
Undergraduate Programs, may assign different penalties than those listed here,
depending on the details of individual cases. Also note that cheating on exams
carries significantly higher penalties.
Zero grade on the assignment, additional penalty of 100% of the weight of the
assignment to be subtracted from the final grade, mandatory completion of the
AZLS Academic Integrity workshop
Zero grade on assignment, additional penalty of 200% of the weight of the
assignment to be subtracted from the final grade, 4-month suspension
Third or additional offence:
Zero grade in the course, 1-year suspension, permanent removal from major program.
Cheating on exams:
Zero grade in the course, including for first offenses.