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Policy TrackingDate
RevisedSeptember 3, 2015

  1. Academic Honesty Policy: A student who violates the academic honesty policy, either directly or indirectly, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the course. The following terms are defined:
    1. Cheating: To practice or attempt to practice dishonesty or deception in the taking of tests or in the preparation or submission of academic work purporting to be one's own; or to do any of the following without instructor permission; to copy or attempt to copy from another person's test, paper, online file, or other graded work in a course; to allow someone to copy one's test, paper, online file, or other graded work; to use during a testing period, or bring into a testing area with the intent to use, any notes or other materials which a student is not permitted to consult. Cheating also includes creating, falsifying or misrepresenting any data in connection with a seated (traditional) class, lab or online class or the act of giving any unauthorized assistance or collaboration in a learning environment.
    2. Plagiarism: The act of copying a sentence, several sentences, or a significant part of a sentence that has been written by someone other than the person submitting the paper, and then neglecting to indicate through the use of quotation marks or blocking that the material has been copied; also, copying from another writer in such a way as to change one or two words in the sentence, or to rearrange the order of the wording, or to paraphrase, or to summarize information and then neglect to furnish documentation. Failure to cite sources, when appropriate, is a form of dishonesty.
    3. Online identity: Any student registered in an online/hybrid course(s) will be the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit for the online/hybrid course. Further, any student who allows his/her unique username and password to be used by another individual to complete an assignment or participation within the course will be in violation of this policy.

      The acts of cheating and/or plagiarism shall encompass, but shall not be limited to the examples or context cited above.
  2. Violations of Academic Honesty
    1. In situations involving violations of academic honesty, the student’s instructor will take disciplinary actions that may include but are not limited to the following:
      1. A written warning describing the offense and detailing further consequences should the infraction be repeated,
      2. The instructor may assign a failing grade (“F” or zero”) for the course, any portion of the course, or a single assignment. If the course serves as a prerequisite for sequential courses within the curriculum, the student will not be able to progress in the program of study until completing the course with a passing grade.
      3. Referral to the Vice President for Instruction for further disciplinary action.
  3. The President or the President’s designee may suspend or expel a student if there are repeated violations of the Academic Honesty Policy. If a student violates this policy twice, the Vice President for Instruction may request that the President expel the student.
  4. A student charged with a violation of this Policy retains the due process rights outlined in Section III of Procedure 4.15.1.