Student Handbook

Academic Honesty

1.8 Statement on Academic Honesty

In the academic process, it is generally assumed that intellectual honesty and integrity are basic responsibilities of the student. However, faculty members should accept their correlative responsibility to regulate academic work and to conduct examination procedures in such a manner as not to invite violations of academic honesty. Such violations consist mainly of cheating and plagiarism.

1.8.1 Definition (2011)

Cheating is defined as the unauthorized use or exchange of information by students or others for the purpose of achieving unfair advantage in the classroom or assessment process.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s work as if it were one’s own, whether or not it is done intentionally. This includes, but is not limited to: using the exact language, using nearly the exact language, and using ideas without showing they originated in another’s work. The work taken from another person or source (including publications, web sites, speeches, etc.) may be as little as an isolated formula, portions of a speech, a simple sentence, an idea, or as much as entire paragraphs, papers, or writings of professionals or other students; however, well-known, common knowledge is generally an exception. Omitting quotation marks when using language copied from another’s work, failing to use citations for ideas or language taken from other authors, or failing to use one’s own style of writing when summarizing and paraphrasing someone else’s work constitute plagiarism. Any form of plagiarism is essentially an act of cheating. Specific concerns should be directed to your professor.

The academic honesty policy pertains to all instructional delivery methods offered at the College, including but not limited to classroom and online instruction, and self-study.

Some examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

◊ Taking an exam for another student.

◊ Having another student take an exam for you.

◊ Paying someone to write a paper to submit as your own work.

◊ Writing a paper for another student.

◊ Submitting the same paper for grading in two different courses without permission.

◊ Arranging with other students to give or receive answers by use of signals.

◊ Arranging to sit next to someone who will let you copy from his or her exam.

◊ Copying from someone’s exam.

◊ Allowing another student to copy from you during an exam.

◊ Obtaining answers, information, translations, or material from a source (e.g., the Internet) without appropriate citation.

◊ Getting questions or answers from someone who has already taken the same exam.

◊ Working on homework with other students when the instructor does not allow it.

◊ “Padding”—adding items on a works cited page that were not used.

◊ Unauthorized use of information stored in the memory of an electronic device (e.g., programmable calculators and cell phones) on a test or assignment. No information stored in any electronic devices may be used without explicit permission.

◊ Altering or forging an official document.

1.8.2 Disciplinary Action

Cheating or plagiarism may be an individual transgression of one student unabetted by anyone else, or it may involve the complicity of others. All students who are involved in a group action which makes cheating or plagiarism possible may be considered equally guilty of the transgression and may be subject to the same penalties as though they themselves had cheated or plagiarized.

A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism shall initiate the appropriate disciplinary action. The faculty member is required to document the charges and the intended disciplinary action to the Student Services Office. However, no penalty shall be imposed until after the student has been informed of the charge of academic dishonesty and of the evidence upon which it is based, and been given opportunity to present whatever statement or evidence the student desired in his/her defense.

Thereafter if the student is found guilty, the faculty member shall assess a penalty within the course, consistent with the magnitude of the transgression. Such penalty may consist of a warning, reduction in grade for the course, or a grade of “F” for the course.

If a student who commits an act of academic dishonesty withdraws from the course and would have earned a grade of “F” due to the academic dishonesty, the instructor has the right to change the grade from “W” to “F.” Such grade changes will be made by submitting an Academic Record Change Form to Registration and Records indicating the reason for the grade change as academic dishonesty. The student will be notified in writing by Registration and Records that the “W” grade has been changed to a grade of “F” due to academic dishonesty.

Every case of academic dishonesty which affects a student’s grade shall be promptly reported in writing to the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President, Student Services. The Vice President, Student Services may initiate further disciplinary action in any case of repeated infractions, or in cases of complicity on a large scale. Such further disciplinary action shall be the discretion of the Vice President, Student Services and may result in probation, suspension or expulsion from the College. A record of the offense and the disciplinary action taken shall remain in the student’s file.

1.8.3 Procedure for Appeal

Once a charge of academic dishonesty has been made, every means will be taken to guarantee “due process” to both the defendant and those bringing the charge. Should the student dispute the facts constituting evidence of their alleged infractions(s), or object to the severity of the penalty, they may submit an appeal in writing to the Vice President of Student Services, within five (5) business days of the department decision, requesting a hearing before an Appeal Board. Such hearing shall be convened by the Vice President within the following ten (10) business days after receipt of appeal. Extension of this date may be permitted by mutual agreement of all concerned. However, no hearing shall be held later than thirty business days after the close of the semester which the case arose.

An Appeal Board shall be established, consisting of the following members:

(1) a member of the Academic Policies Committee, appointed by the committee chairperson;
(2) the chairperson of an academic department other than that of the discipline involved, appointed to the board by the Vice President of Student Services and approved by the defendant;
(3) one full-time teaching faculty member at large, appointed by the Vice President of Student Services and approved by the defendant;
(4) one full-time faculty member from the Student Services division, appointed by the Vice President of Student Services and approved by the defendant;
(5) two members of the student government appointed by the president of the campus-based student government association.

Note: 1.8 corresponds with Faculty Senate Resolutions.