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3.04.001.002 - Academic Dishonesty

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Approved: 7/3/2014
Approved By: President's Staff
Category: 3 - ACADEMIC SERVICES
Section: 04 - INSTRUCTIONAL
Policy: 001 - Admissions
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Purpose/Definition

Within the academic community of the College, there are certain responsibilities that are outlined for both students and faculty. In general, a student has an obligation to exhibit honesty and to respect the ethical standards of the CCBC Campus in carrying out his/her academic assignments. Students are accountable for their own behavior and learning in the classroom and clinical environments. This behavior includes courtesy, honesty, ethical actions, and responsible interpersonal behavior.

Student Obligations

Students have an obligation to exhibit honesty and to respect the ethical standards of the CCBC campus in carrying out their academic assignments. Without limiting the application of this principle, a student may be found to have violated this obligation if he/she:

  1. uses of materials, or devices not authorized by the instructor during an academic evaluation;
  2. provides assistance during an academic evaluation to another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor;
  3. receives assistance during an academic evaluation from another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor;
  4. engages in unauthorized possession, buying, selling, obtaining, or using a copy of any materials intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation in advance of its administration;
  5. acts as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation procedures;
  6. utilizes a substitute in any academic evaluation procedure;
  7. practices any form of deceit in an academic evaluation proceeding;
  8. depends on the aid of others in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation;
  9. provides aid to another person, knowing such aid is prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation;
  10. Presents as one’s own, for academic evaluation, the ideas, representations, or words of another person or persons without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources;
  11. submits the work of another person in a manner which represents the work to be one’s own;
  12. knowingly permits one’s work to be submitted by another person without the instructor’s authorization;
  13. attempts to influence or change one’s academic evaluation or record for reasons other than achievement or merit;
  14. indulges in conduct during a class (or examination session) in which one is a student, which is so disruptive as to infringe upon the rights of the instructor or fellow students;
  15. fails to cooperate, if called upon, in the investigation or disposition of any allegation of dishonesty pertaining to a fellow student;
  16. falsifies data in any research project by changing or fabricating research results;
  17. flagrantly misrepresents research findings or analysis in a research report; or
  18. presents research or laboratory results that have been formulated by others as one’s own without properly acknowledging the source.

Lack of knowledge of what constitutes dishonesty will not serve as an excuse for the behavior. If at any time a student is unsure if a particular behavior constitutes a violation of the honesty procedure, he/she should seek guidance from faculty.

 

Steps for Handling Cheating

The following steps should be taken if a student is suspected of cheating by scanning another’s work or by conferring with another:

  1. Give an unobtrusive warning to the offender.
  2. If action continues, try to obtain a witness.
  3. Inform the student immediately (or as soon as possible) of the specific nature of this offense and the consequences of it.
  4. Retain the test, paper, etc., until after the resolution of the incident.
  5. If the student pleads guilty, then the faculty member imposes the appropriate sanction and sends the Academic Dishonesty Form to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success/Provost. Multiple infractions of academic dishonesty will result in further action as outlined under “Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty” below.
  6. If the student contests the charge, then the form will be sent to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success/Provost. The student will follow the procedure for grade appeal as published in the CCBC Student Handbook beginning at the division director level.
  7. If the dishonesty charge is overturned at any level of the appeal procedure, the form will be destroyed.

 

The following steps should be taken if student is suspected of cheating through the use of proscribed material:

  1. Collect evidence that is in plain view and, if necessary, ask the student to relinquish any additional evidence.
  2. Try to obtain a witness.
  3. Retain evidence.
  4. Inform the student immediately (or as soon as possible) of the specific nature of the offense and the consequences of the incident.
  5. If the student pleads guilty, then the faculty member imposes the appropriate sanction and sends the Academic Dishonesty Form to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success/Provost. Multiple infractions of academic dishonesty will result in further action as outlined under “Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty” below.
  6. If the student contests the charge, then the form will be sent to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success. The student will follow the procedure for grade appeal as published in the CCBC Student Handbook beginning at the division director level.
  7. If the dishonesty charge is overturned at any level of the appeal procedure, the form will be destroyed.

In all cases, the instructor should report the incident immediately to the Division Director and the Vice President of Academic Affairs in a brief memorandum that describes the nature, time, and place of the offense and the action taken. It should be made clear that the instructor is not on trial and that if institutional procedures have been followed the instructor is supported by the integrity of the institution.

 

Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty

  1. A student who cheats on written work will receive a zero for that test or assignment. The instructor may use his or her discretion if the student appears ignorant of plagiarism issues.
  2. If a student is caught cheating twice in the same course, the student will receive an F for the course regardless of the student’s attempt to drop the course.
  3. If a student is found to be cheating in more than one course, the student will be placed on probation for one semester.
  4. If, after a student is placed on probation for cheating, he/she repeats the behavior, the Vice President for Learning and Student Success/Provost will receive a recommendation that the student be suspended or dismissed for the following semester. If the student is suspended, he/she will be automatically placed on probation for one semester upon return to the College.
  5. Any academic dishonesty infraction which also involves violation of the campus disciplinary policy will be handled through the regular College discipline system. Examples include stealing tests, selling stolen term papers, or intimidating others into revealing answers during the tests. When an instructor deals with a case of academic dishonesty, he/she will document this on a form which will be sent to the Vice President of Learning and Student Success/Provost. Copies of this form will be disseminated to the instructor, the student, and the Student Records Office. In this way, the number of dishonesty infractions can be tracked.