What to Do if You Detect Cheating

On final examinations
If you observe cheating while you are invigilating an examination, you should immediately inform the student.

If the student admits to cheating, you should collect the examination script and ask the student to leave the room. The student should be informed that the course department will follow up on the matter after the examination.

If the student denies cheating, you should draw a line on the examination script to show where the alleged cheating was observed and allow the student to complete the examination.

In both situations, you should complete a Report on Student Academic Misconduct (downloaded from Useful Information and Forms, ARR Website – ITSC login) and forward it, along with any evidence of the cheating that has been collected, to your department for follow-up after the examination.

On assignments, quizzes and tests
Instructors are encouraged to report all cases of cheating and academic misconduct. Under the revised regulations for academic integrity, for first cases or less serious cases departments can deal with the matter internally in a way that can benefit students and create a positive culture of academic integrity.

A good practice is to make a written report of the incident, using the Report on Student Academic Misconduct (downloaded from Useful Information and Forms, ARR Website – ITSC login) if appropriate, stating the reasons you believe there was cheating, and including any evidence collected that would support this conclusion.

What to Do if You Detect Cheating
Follow-up by Departments
Penalties for Cheating
Steps to Reduce Cheating
Detecting & Preventing Plagiarism
Excluding Cheaters from Course Evaluation
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