Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities


Proficiency in English

Students are reminded that University policy requires proficiency in English to be taken into account in the assignment of grades in all courses (see Academic Calendar).

Scholastic Offenses and Plagarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is viewed as a very serious scholastic offense by the University, and is treated as such. Penalties for plagiarism range from a failing grade for the assignment or the course to suspension or even expulsion from the University (see 2015 Calendar). As well, it also automatically leads to the establishment of a scholastic offense record in the Dean’s Office of the student’s home faculty.

What is a scholastic offense?

The University of Western Ontario and the Philosophy Department treat a number of other practices as academic offenses. These include but are not limited to:

Futher information about the range of scholastic offenses can be found in the most recent UWO Academic Calendar.

What is Plagarism?

Plagiarism is unacknowledged copying or paraphrasing of the words or ideas of another person intentionally or otherwise. In general, anyone who learns something from a source (other than course lectures or general background knowledge any student of the course could reasonably be expected to have) and then presents that knowledge as their own discovery is considered to have plagiarized, even if the words used to express the ideas are not exactly the same. Other examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

In your written work, you should take care to make adequate reference to the sources of the ideas and words you borrow, either in your footnotes, endnotes, or in the body of your text. Your instructor will be happy to show you a proper method of documenting your sources.

Plagarism Checking

The Department of Philosophy has adopted a policy requiring that all written assignments for undergraduate courses be submitted electronically to is a service designed to help students protect the copyright in their work and professors to identify plagiarism. Instructors will receive a report from the website determining each paper’s "originality content." The Department will assign penalties when plagiarism is discovered, or when there is a significant discrepancy between the electronic version and the hard copy. More information is available at Students in upper year courses may also be required to submit their written work to for plagiarism checking.

  1. Departmental Information

    Please consult the Undergraduate bulletin boards, beside Stevenson Hall Room 3148 for the departmental directory, course listings, examination schedules, important dates for the 2015-2016 academic year, and miscellaneous items of interest to undergraduate students. Also consult the Department of Philosophy web site frequently for updates and revisions as well as schedules and course outlines.

  2. Contacting Instructors

    Instructors and tutorial leaders make their own appointments. Information about how to contact your instructor can be found on your course outline. Students wanting to contact their instructors or tutorial leaders at other times may leave a note in the drop-off box.

  3. Course Work Submission and Essay Drop-box

    Students should submit course work directly to their instructor or tutorial leader during class or office hours.

    If you are unable to submit an assignment during class or office hours, there is an assignment drop-box available. The drop-box is located on the first floor of Stevenson Hall by the elevators. It will be cleared daily at 3:45pm and all assignments will be date-stamped (not time-stamped) the current date. Assignments will not be accepted by staff members. Essays sent by fax or e-mail cannot be accepted, either.

    All work submitted must clearly state:

  • Student's ID number
  • Course number
  • Instructor or tutorial leader's name
  • Date
  1. Accademic Accomodations

    Students seeking academic accommodation on medical grounds for any missed tests, exams, participation components and/or assignments worth 10% or more of their final grade must apply to the Academic Counselling office of their home Faculty and provide documentation. Academic accommodation cannot be granted by the instructor or department. Academic Policies on examinations, appeals, absences due to illness, etc. may be found in the Western Academic Calendar - Academic Rights and Responsibilities. For further information, contact the Philosophy Undergraduate Academic Counsellor Professor Andrew Botterell, 661-2111 ext. 85764, your Faculty’s Academic Counselor, or the Ombudsperson.

  2. Attendance

    Students who miss classes or parts of classes are responsible for the material they have missed. Instructors are not obliged to review the contents of lectures, repeat announcements or retain notes, handouts or overheads.

    Any student who, in the opinion of the instructor, is absent too frequently from class or tutorials may be reported to the Dean and, with the recommendation of the Department concerned, and the permission of the Dean, debarred from taking the final examination in the course. See Western Academic Calendar - Examination Attendance for more information.

  3. Final Deadline for All Outstanding Assignments

    All course work (with the exception of final examinations) must be submitted by the last day of classes. Students seeking return of course work after the last meeting of the term should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the end of term. Exceptions to these work submission dates may be granted only as a result of petition to the Academic Counsellor of the student’s faculty. Instructors have no authorityto waive this requirement, and any unofficial arrangements they make with students will not be respected by the administration. This does not preclude instructors from setting earlier deadlines for course work.

  4. Respectful Environment

    The Department of Philosophy’s Committee on Women’s Concerns was formed to promote and ensure a non-sexist environment for all who work and study in the department. Students are encouraged to consult and implement the departmental guidelines for the non-sexist use of language. Read more here

  5. Grades

    Final marks for courses can be obtained from your Student Center ( Instructors are not permitted to release final grades (individually or in lists) either on their doors, department boards, or electronically. Consult your master timetable for information on how to do this.