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Queen's University

Exam Regulations

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is fundamental to all scholarly activities, including the examination process. Queen's University adheres to the definition articulated by the Centre for Academic Integrity, namely, that academic integrity is made up of the five core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Honesty appears in presenting one's own work and in acknowledging dependence on the words or ideas of another. Trust promotes belief in the value and meaning of an institution's scholarship and degrees. Fairness is embodied in clear standards, practices and procedures. Respect is shown by participating in academic activities to the best of one's abilities. Responsibility requires one to accept personal accountability for upholding academic integrity. This overview is adopted from the Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. The Queen's University Policy on Academic Integrity is intended to supplement the policy on Academic Dishonesty presently found in University calendars and posted on the web at Academic Integrity @ Queen's.

Breaches of academic integrity are considered entirely unacceptable within the University community and the student who commits such an offence runs the risk of a range of sanctions including a failure in the course or a requirement to withdraw from the University.

The following are some examples of activities that are prohibited during an exam:

  • impersonating another student,
  • copying from another student,
  • making information available to another student,
  • communicating with another student, or
  • using unauthorized material.

All breaches of academic integrity WILL BE REPORTED in writing by the Chief Proctor to the instructor of the course, the Dean of the relevant Faculty, and the Exams Office.


  1. If a student does not have a Queen's Student Photo ID Card at an exam, the procedure in the following link will apply: Photo ID Procedure.
  2. Any candidate arriving at an exam hall after the beginning of the exam will receive only the remaining time in which to write the exam. The late candidate's paper will be marked only at the discretion of the Faculty. 
  3. No candidate will be allowed to leave the exam hall within thirty minutes of the start time of the exam.
  4. No articles such as textbooks, notes, books of tables, data sheets, graphs, paper, written material, calculators, etc., may be taken into the exam hall unless authorized by the instructor in writing at least 3 days before the exam.
  5. A candidate shall not remove any material issued for the examination from the examination hall. Each candidate must submit all issued materials before leaving the exam hall.
  6. Food, drinks (except water - see 6. below), recording or playback devices, and other electronic communication devices such as cell phones and other mobile devices are not permitted in the exam hall. Likewise, handbags, purses, and book bags are not permitted in an exam hall. Students should bring only essential items to the exam. The University assumes no responsibility for personal property lost in or near any examination hall.
  7. Students may bring (transparent recommended) bottled water in to the examination hall.
  8. Candidates who have not left their exam table prior to the final fifteen minutes of the exam will be required to remain at their exam table until dismissed by the Chief Proctor.
  9. Students must submit information about illness or other circumstances affecting their work to the relevant Faculty within twenty-four hours of the exam in the course concerned.

Failure to comply with the regulations listed above or with the instructions of an exam proctor may result in a written report by the Chief Proctor which will be distributed to the instructor of the course, the Dean of the relevant Faculty, and the Exams Office.

Exam Regulations Revised: 27 March 2006

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000