Academic Integrity Policy Reporting

About Academic Integrity Policy Reporting

Sheridan is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity (AI).  Through the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure, Sheridan faculty, staff and students are expected to be vigilant regarding their respective roles and responsibilities when breaches of academic integrity occur. Sheridan is committed to balancing the use of sanctions with prevention and educational efforts to reduce breaches of academic integrity. 

One aspect of our AI efforts is annual reporting of the number and types of breaches and the range of sanctions imposed. This reporting will allow Sheridan to track breaches of the Academic Integrity Policy and use the data to develop further strategies for reducing academic dishonesty.

The following data summarizes reported breaches, from the central database, for each academic year subsequent to the introduction of the centralized process in 2013/2014.

All Reported Breaches by Type

AI Reported Breaches by Type

  • There were a total of 860 AI breaches reported in the 2014/2015 Academic Year, an increase of three percent from 2013/2014.
  • The number of offenses reported increased in the following categories in 2014/2015 compared to 2013/2014: cheating (+18%) and impersonation (+72%). Improper research practice breaches declined by 35% year-over-year, plagiarism breaches fell by seven percent, and other types of breaches were 13% lower.
  • The distribution of offenses by category in 2014/15 is: plagiarism (48%), cheating (41%), impersonation (6%), improper research practice (3%) and other (3%). 

Reported AI Breaches by Type: AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

 Breach Type AY 2013-14 AY 2014-15 Year-Year Change
Number % Total Number % Total Number % Change
Plagiarism 442 53% 409 48% -33 -7%
Cheating 297 36% 349 41% 52 18%
Improper Research Practice 34 4% 22 3% -12 -35%
Impersonation 29 3% 50 6% 21 72%
Other 32 4% 28 3% -4 -13%
Multiple 2 0% 2 0% 0 0%
Total 836 100% 860 100% 24 3%

AI Reported Breaches by Offense Total

In AY 2014-15, almost nine in ten reported breaches involved the student’s first offense. It was the second offense in 9% of reported breaches, and the third offense for 2%.

TABLE 2 - Reported AI Breaches by Offense Totals, AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

Offense Totals AY 2013-14 AY 2014-15 Year-Year Change
Number % Total Number % Total Number % Change
1st Offense 742 89% 765 89% 23 -7%
2nd Offense 81 10% 75 9% -6 18%
3rd Offense 11 1% 16 2% 5 -35%
Greater than 3rd Offense 2 0% 4 0% 2 107%
Total 836 100% 860 100% 24 3%

AI Reported Breaches by Sanction Type

In AY 2014-15, virtually all sanctions issued are Level 1-3 sanctions, with Level 1 sanctions accounting for 89% of total.

TABLE 3 - Reported AI Breaches by Sanction Type, AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

 Sanction Type AY 2013-14 AY 2014-15 Year-Year Change
Number % Total Number % Total Number % Change
Level 1 745 89% 766 89% 21 3%
Level 2 67 8% 80 9% 13 19%
Level 3 22 3% 12 1% -10 -45%
Level 4 2 0% 2 0% 0 0%
Level 5 0 0% 0 0% 0 n/a
Level 6 0 0% 0 0% 0 n/a
Total 836 100% 860 100% 24 3%