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When students are admitted to the College, they join a community of academics
who engage in seeking truth through research. Academic dishonesty in all its forms, plagiarism, cheating, academic misrepresentation, acts of falsification, deception, and use of prohibited academic resources, goes against the mission of accuracy and integrity in scholarship.

Definition of Academic Dishonesty

Any student who uses the intellectual property of another without acknowledging the original source properly has committed academic dishonesty. This definition includes but is not limited to inserting verbatim resources from an outside source without citation; closely imitating the word choice, sentence structure, and/or paragraph from an outside source without citation; improperly citing a source with the intention to obscure the original source; submitting the work of another without attribution and as your own; resubmitting the same work a second time without the permission of the original and secondary instructor; using sources directly prohibited; and colluding with another student with or without their knowledge when prohibited.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty may occur intentionally or unintentionally; however, intent is
not a factor in determining whether it has occurred. A faculty member may use their discretion when determining consequences at the course level as to intentionality. The College assumes that all students act in good faith and with honesty; therefore, pleading ignorance of the policy or of academic integrity does not prevent the consequences from being applied.

Course-Level Sanctions

A faculty member may take into consideration the following: the extent of academic dishonesty (minimal, substantial, or complete), the rank of the student, and the course level and requirements.

The faculty member will impose sanctions based on the following guidelines at their discretion:

  • Failing grade on the assignment but may revise for new grade
  • Failing grade on the assignment but may revise for a reduced grade • Failing grade on the assignment
  • Failing grade for the course

Institutional-Level Sanctions

Once the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee is made aware of academic dishonesty by the faculty member, the committee may impose additional sanctions if multiple occurrences are discovered in other courses.

The Academic Integrity Committee will impose sanctions based on the following guidelines at their discretion:

  • Enrollment in academic integrity course (C-to-Pass) • Academic warning
  • Academic probation
  • Academic dismissal (two terms)
  • Academic dismissal (permanent)

Reporting Process

If a faculty member discovers academic dishonesty, they are required to report the instance to chair of the Academic Integrity Committee. The reporting process can be initiated by a faculty member once the following conditions are met: a) the faculty member has documented evidence that a violation of the College’s academic integrity policy has been committed, b) that the student has been notified that a violation of the College’s academic integrity policy has been committed as well as any sanctions that will be imposed by the faculty member at that time. While faculty members have the discretion of imposing sanctions, reporting the instance to the Academic Integrity Committee is required.

The chairperson of the Academic Integrity Committee will receive the original report of academic dishonesty and convene the Academic Integrity Committee within ten (10) days of receiving the report and will render and report a decision within five (5) days of convening the committee.

The chairperson will notify the student of the committee’s decision as well as their right to appeal the decision. The chairperson will file the report and decision in the student’s record. The chairperson will submit the decision to the appropriate departments if a change in student status is required.

Right to Appeal

The student has the right to appeal the decision of the faculty member according to the Academic Grievance Policy outlined in the College’s catalog.

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