Students are expected to exhibit academic integrity by being honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. To falsify the results of one’s research, to steal the words or ideas of another or to cheat on an examination corrupts the essential learning process by which learning is advanced.
Academic misconduct is the intentional violation of college policies by tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of an unadministered test.
Cheating is an act of deception by which a student misrepresents mastery of information on an academic exercise.
Fabrication is the intentional use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive.
Forgery is making, adapting or imitating objects or documents with the intent to deceive.
Plagiarism is the inclusion of someone else’s words, ideas or data as one’s own work. When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate and specific documentation and, if verbatim statements are included, through separation from the rest of the paper by indention or quotation marks as well. By submitting work for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments. A student will avoid being charged with plagiarism if there is an acknowledgment of indebtedness:
Violations of academic integrity are resolved within the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. It is intended that resolution take place at the lowest possible administrative level preserving both the integrity of the college and the dignity of the student. The following discipline may be taken if a student is determined to be guilty of academic dishonesty:
The student may appeal the discipline assessed by the faculty member to the department chair and the decision of the department chair to the division dean. Either party may contest the dean’s decision by submitting an appeal in writing prior to the last day of the following semester (i.e. fall or spring) to the vice-president for academic and student affairs, whose decision is final. Withdrawing from the course will not prevent the faculty member, department chair, division dean or the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs from imposing sanctions, or recommending grade penalties, including a failing grade in the course.
Students with concerns about grades should ask the instructor for clarification/resolution. Concerns about final grades must be expressed prior to the last day of the following semester (i.e. fall or spring). If, after contacting the instructor, the student still has concerns, the student should contact the program coordinator or department chair who will work with the student and the instructor to resolve the matter. If the department is unable to remedy the situation, the student should contact the division dean. If the resolution is unsatisfactory, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the vice-president for academic and student affairs, SSB 2110. Anonymous calls or unsigned letters will not be acknowledged. Only concerns expressed by the individual student involved will be addressed.