Academic Misconduct

Goodman School of Business

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct may take many forms and is not limited to the following:

Exams and Tests

  • Use of unauthorized material
  • Copying from another student or making information available to other students knowing that this is submitted as the borrower's work
  • Impersonation of another student in an exam or test
  • Submission of a take-home examination written by someone else
Essays and Assignments
  • Submission of an essay written in whole or in part by someone else as one's own
  • Preparing an essay or assignment for submission by another student
  • Copying an essay or assignment, or allowing one's essay or assignment to be copied by someone else
  • Using direct quotations or large sections or paraphrased material without acknowledgement
  • The buying or selling of term papers or assignments
  • The submission of the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the instructors
  • Submitting whole or part of a computer program with or without minor modifications as one’s own
  • presenting work done (in whole or in part) by someone else as if it were one’s own
  • associate dishonest practices include faking or falsification of data, cheating or the uttering of false statements by a student in order to obtain unjustified concessions
  • Plagiarism should be distinguished from co-operation and collaboration. Often, students may be permitted or expected to work on assignments collectively, and to present the results either collectively or separately. This is not a problem so long as it is clearly understood whose work is being presented, for way of formal acknowledgement or by footnoting.
  • Allowing someone else to turn in your work as their own.
  • Several people writing one essay and turning in multiple copies, all represented (implicitly or explicitly) as individual work.
  • Using any part of someone else's work without the proper acknowledgment.
  • Stealing an examination or a solution from the instructor or the other student. This is an extremely flagrant offense.
False or Misleading Representation
  • Failure to disclose prior academic records required for admission decisions or other academic purposes
  • Obtaining medical or other certificates under false or misleading pretences
  • Altering documents or certificates, including but not restricted to, health claims, tests, and examinations
  • Submitting false credentials for any purpose
  • Forging or falsifying Brock University documents, including but not restricted to hard copy or electronic


Penalties for Academic Misconduct 

Absolutely NO Plagiarism or Cheating is tolerated.

The penalty imposed may range from zero for the exam or the piece of work to expulsion from the University. Proven cases of academic misconduct will be documented in the student's official record at Brock University. Subsequent cases will be dealt with more severely.

Past cases of Academic Misconduct include:

  • MBA students missing a mandatory class and having someone else sign their names on the attendance sheet.
  • An MBA student used unauthorized material during the final exam
  • An MBA student left an examination room during the first 30 minutes of the final exam
  • An MBA student plagiarized material on a homework assignment
  • MBA students plagiarized material on group homework assignments

Penalties for these academic misconducts ranged from a grade of zero on an assignment to a failing course grade. In addition, a letter of academic misconduct was placed in students’ academic file.