Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is not tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, tampering with electronic media and/or any conscious act by a student which gives him or her undue advantage over fellow students.

Plagiarism is copying or using the ideas or words of another without giving proper credit. Cheating involves obtaining and making unauthorized use of answers to examinations, tests, quizzes and laboratory reports as well as copying from fellow students or submitting work that has been done by someone else.

When suspected cases of academic dishonesty arise, faculty shall seek to verify the violation and confront the student(s) involved. After establishing the violation, the appropriate sanction shall be decided by the faculty member in consultation with the academic Dean as appropriate, unless the sanction involves a recommendation that the student be expelled. Only the College President may expel a student. Incidents of academic dishonesty are tracked to monitor trends and identify multiple violations by the same student.

In the case of multiple violations, a student may also be in violation of the student disciplinary code and subject to additional sanctions. Due process shall be followed at all times. A student may appeal any sanction he or she feels is unfair or arbitrary using the Student Grievance process outlined in the Student Handbook.