TAKE NOTE: The content on this page is only relevant for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education (B.A.(Education), B.Ed. and B.Sc. Kin). Undergraduate students in other Faculties and graduate students should contact their Faculty for the appropriate information.

Disciplinary Process

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General Information about the Disciplinary Process

A diagram of the process can be found on the Student Rights & Responsibilities website and, in summary, below: 

  1. Faculty Disciplinary Officer is notified of the alleged offense and provided with all relevant evidence 
  2. Faculty Disciplinary Officer reviews the facts and, if warranted, meets with the implicated student(s)
  3. Faculty Disciplinary Officer renders a decision in writing

Disciplinary Process in the Faculty of Education

sheryl.smithgilman [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Allegation%20of%20offense%20(Disciplinary%20Officer)) (Dr. Sheryl Smith-Gilman) is the Disciplinary Officer for the Faculty of Education undergraduate programs.

  • When an undergraduate student* in the Faculty of Education is believed to have violated McGill's Code of Student Conduct & Disciplinary Procedures a disciplinary process is initiated to ensure an equitable review of the case.
  • Instructors and professors are required to immediately refer any suspected cases of plagiarism or other misconduct involving B.Ed or B.Sc Kinesiology students to the Disciplinary Officer. Send a detailed description of the situation with annotated supporting documents to lisa.starr2 [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Starr)
  • Instructors and professors are not permitted to discuss suspected cases with the student in question.
  • The Disciplinary Officer then reviews the information, meets with the implicated student and renders a decision as described in the Code.
  • This process is confidential.

​​*For cases involving undergraduate students from other Faculties or graduate students from the Faculty of Education, please refer the case to the appropriate Disciplinary Officer

Teacher Education Programs - Special Considerations & Conduct Codes

In addition to avoiding plagiarism, cheating, and misrepresentation of facts in McGill coursework, as a Teacher Education student, you must also be cognizant of the professional and legal standards required during your student teaching field placement, working with other professionals and with vulnerable youth.

Additional documents governing the conduct of Teacher Education students

  1. Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) - 12 professional competencies
  2. Code of Professional Conduct for Student Teachers - developed by the McGill Faculty of Education. 
  3. Quebec Law: Youth Protection Act  (see also this brief overview on topic of the legal responsibility of educators in plain English from Educaloi)
  4. Guide to Ethical Behaviour -developed by the Greater Montreal regional Table de concertation sur les stages
  5. ISA Student Teaching policies
  6. Conduct policies for teachers in your assigned host school (may vary by school, school board, or teacher's union). 

Plagiarism - examples in student teaching work

In cases where you are permitted to use work that is not completely original, 

  • Lesson plans, ideas, or teaching materials taken from the internet - must be used with permission, and credited or cited.
  • Lessons or materials created by other teachers or student teachers in your school - must be used with permission, and credited or cited.


Student teachers must behave within the guidelines of our shared community and professional standards; whether on McGill grounds or during a school placement; remember that field experiences are an official McGill course. 


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