So you’ve just received a letter from your university stating you are being charged with Academic Misconduct, and you’re probably freaking out. How did this happen? What is going to happen to me? Am I going to be expelled? Well, I’ve got some great news – it’s not as bad as you might think, and you will get through it. So keep calm and read on to find out what Academic Misconduct really is and how to deal with an Academic Misconduct charge.

  1. You Won’t Be Kicked Out of School
  2. The biggest thing all students want to know is “What penalty will I receive?” After your first offence, you will meet with the Professor who identified the misconduct, as well as the Department Chair. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to share what happened, and the Professor and Department Chair will suggest corrective measures to your dean. If you are charged with Academic Misconduct, you are not automatically expelled from the university or kicked out of your program. Typical penalties range from an educative approach (a workshop provided by A-Z Learning services) to a percentage penalty applied to the assignment in question. The worst case scenario for a first offence is a 0 on the piece of work. If the piece of work is heavily weighted (>20% of grade), you may lose some but not necessarily all.

    Don’t wait until you are charged with Academic Misconduct! Any Brock Student can sign up for the Academic Misconduct Prevention workshop provided by A-Z Learning Services.

  3. It Is Not Public Information
  4. A note of your misconduct will not appear on your university transcript! It will remain confidential and does not appear on your brocku account.

  5. It’s a Multi-Step Process
  6. Those dealing with your case are not heartless individuals wanting to expel you – they are here to help you move past this and learn from your mistake. You will meet with the Associate Dean after meeting the Chair and your instructor. The AD has the final decision, so don’t worry it, is a protective measure for you to meet with them all.

  7. You’re Not Alone
  8. Thousands of other students have gone through exactly what you’re going through. You do not have to face this alone! Did you know that Brock, BUSU and the Graduate Student Association provide Ombuds, a service which can act as a neutral resource to walk you through your Academic Misconduct charge?

    An Ombudsperson helps to resolve the conflict in a informal and impartial way! Their main objective is to proved a safe and confidential place for you to discuss your concerns and are able to suggests strategies for resolution. For more information on who/what is ombuds visit and be sure to check out their new website once it is up and running!

    Once you are notified about your academic misconduct fill out this form by Ombuds so you are able to get assistance. 

    Academic misconduct is a scary thing, and even scarier when you don’t know all the facts. Remember you are not alone, just remain calm and speak to an Ombudsperson.

    Happy Studying Badgers!