uLaval introduces new plagiarism guidelines, ends practice of mandatory zero grade

August 26, 2016

Université de Laval plans to implement new plagiarism guidelines for the Fall 2016 semester that eliminate the automatic failure of students found guilty of plagiarism. The new regulations introduce a broader range of sanctions to help deal with the increasing frequency of confirmed plagiarism cases, which has reportedly risen from 49 to 136 in five years. The new guidelines allow for the consideration of a student’s context and circumstances, and may permit students to resubmit work rather than assigning an automatic mark of zero. uLaval Secretary General Monique Richer says that the new policy was created to support professors and administrators who found the previous policy too harsh in some cases. Journal de Montréal