Standard First Offence Letter


Student's Name
ID Number

Dear     :

I am writing in regard to the (piece of work) which you submitted on (date) for (course).  My assessment is that this (piece of work) involves a breach of the Academic Integrity Policy.   (Give brief details of offence, e.g. "Specifically, you were caught in possession of crib notes in a mid-term where none were allowed.")

The penalty for this offence is (provide details here).  A record of this incident shall not appear on your academic record.  A record of the investigation and its conclusion shall be retained in the Office of Academic Integrity and may be used should sanctions be considered in any future incidents involving the Academic Integrity Policy.  Should you be involved in any further incident of academic dishonesty, you could face more serious sanctions, including a notation on your transcript, suspension or expulsion from McMaster University. 

If you wish to appeal this decision, you must do so within 3 weeks of the date of this letter.  The appeal procedures are set out in the Academic Integrity Policy and the appeal form can be found at




(Instructor’s name)

cc      Academic Integrity Officer
(Name), Associate Dean (of the students faculty)