Ryerson University Statement - Faculty Appeals Committee Delivers Decision

    TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Ryerson University today confirmed that the
Faculty Appeals Committee has notified Mr. Chris Avenir of its decision in the
matter of academic misconduct heard on Tuesday March 11, 2008.
    Cases of academic misconduct are governed by Ryerson's Student Code of
Academic Conduct (Senate Policy No.60), which outlines clear procedures for
due process. The Code also outlines a wide range of penalties and consequences
for academic misconduct. The Student Code of Academic Conduct is available at
    As with all cases of academic misconduct, Ryerson will not release or
comment on the decision or discuss the details of the case, out of respect for
the privacy and rights of the student. According to University policy this is
a private matter between Ryerson and Mr. Avenir.
    Ryerson distinguishes between the appropriate and inappropriate use of
technology in an academic context. The University takes academic misconduct
seriously, however and wherever it happens.
    Ryerson welcomes and encourages the innovative use of technology by
students and faculty, including Facebook study groups. Students are encouraged
to collaborate, co-operate and facilitate learning amongst themselves and this
can be online or offline.
    For years, many professors have made extensive use of online course
delivery methods and supported online collaboration of students. Many
professors include online forums as part of the course curriculum within
Blackboard, the University's course management system designed to promote and
enhance offline learning through online automated tools. There are numerous
Ryerson online discussion forums and student groups, allowing for
collaboration between teams of students and their professors as part of course
    Ryerson offers many programs and courses that address the broad issues of
technology and its impact on society. The University also offers the largest
undergraduate Information Technology Management program in Canada, an MBA in
the Management of Technology and Innovation, and the first Master of
Management Science (MMSc) in the Management of Technology and Innovation. All
of these programs require not only the use of, but also the study of relevant
online technologies that have an impact on society, including Facebook.

For further information:

For further information: Janet Mowat, Public Affairs, Ryerson
University, Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7002, jmowat@ryerson.ca; Heather Kearney,
Public Affairs, Ryerson University, Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4282,

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