An Important Message on Academic Honesty

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Hello students,

I hope that exams and final assessments are going well during this difficult and unusual time. I am writing to you about these final assessments and expected behaviour, as I am receiving reports of violations of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty across the School.

We know that most of you will be doing your personal best during this exam period, however, we feel compelled to remind you that seeking improper advantage during an academic evaluation (such as an exam) is a fundamental part of the definition of academic dishonesty.

In particular, academic dishonesty, or cheating, includes (but is not limited to):

  • Copying another person’s answer to an examination question;
  • Consulting an unauthorized source during an examination (such as Chegg or other websites that have not been authorized by the instructor);
  • Submitting work prepared in whole, or in part, by another person or by copying directly from a website and representing that work as one's own (see also Plagiarism in the Policy);
  • Obtaining assistance by means of documentary, electronic or other aids which are not approved by the instructor;
  • Submitting work prepared in collaboration with another or other member(s)of a class when collaborative work has not been authorized by the instructor;
  • Disruption of an academic evaluation by any means;
  • Impersonation (to have someone impersonate one’s self in an exam).


Penalties range from minor to severe based on a number of factors, and can be any combination. Cheating or being dishonest on a final exam is a very serious offense and will be treated as such. Penalties can include loss of marks for the assessment, reductions in final grades, assigned failures. These kinds of penalties, and the more severe penalties, can impact your academic progress.

We are a professional School and expect students to make good choices and to represent themselves with integrity. We know there are many pressures on you, and that completing the term has been challenging for everyone. A single choice does not define one’s character, but it can impact you in many ways.

If you are struggling and need assistance, please reach out for help. Speak to an Academic Advisor, call Good2Talk, or utilize another university resource for support.

Please refer to the Senate Policy to refresh yourself on possible violations and penalties. Email us at honesty@yorku.ca if you have questions about the policy.

Stay Well,
Amy Gaukel
Assistant Dean, Students

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