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Plagiarism is a Kind of Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty

Acts of  academic dishonesty ...include cheating, plagiarism, or obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means.  Academic dishonesty also encompasses helping someone else to commit an act of academic dishonesty.

For more information regarding academic integrity, see the following PDF 

Academic Dishonesty

Specific Examples of Academic Dishonesty:

  • Communicating with fellow students during an exam; copying another’s work on an exam or allowing another student to copy during an exam; possessing or using unauthorized materials during an exam; taking an exam for another student, or any behavior the defeats the intent of an exam.
  • Copying another’s work on a paper, assignment, or project; providing coursework for another student to turn in as his or her own effort; unauthorized collaboration on a project, homework, or other assignment where the instructor expressly forbids such collaboration.
  • Fabricating, falsifying or misrepresenting data or results from experiments, interviews or surveys.
  • Submitting the same work in more than one class for credit without permission from the instructor.
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to the college including dishonesty, forgery, altering of campus documents or records, tampering with grading procedures, fabricating lab assignments, or altering medical excuses
  •  Word-for-word copying of work written by someone else
  • Failure to give proper credit for ideas, statements of facts, or conclusions derived by another, including undocumented Web source usage
  • Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether a paragraph, sentence, or phrase
  • Close and extended paraphrasing of another work without acknowledging the source
  • Submitting a paper purchased or downloaded from a research or term paper service, including the internet

Academic Dishonesty Consequences

Academic Dishonesty and its Consequences

Faculty members have the right to choose whether or not to pursue suspected cases of plagiarism and cheating. When addressing plagiarism or cheating with reasonable evidence, the faculty member should meet with the student to discuss the concern. The student shall have the opportunity to share his/her side of the story and explain his/her behavior. Faculty members may consult with their Division Dean or Dean of Student Affairs when determining whether academic dishonesty has occurred. In situations where cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the faculty member is to determine the academic consequence in compliance with Ed Code, and Board policy and procedures, which prohibit dropping a student from a course. Faculty members shall inform students of the grade penalty that will be assessed. The consequences may include:

1. Receive a “0” on that assignment

2. Be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs for further disciplinary action

In situations where academic dishonesty has occurred, the faculty may also notify their Division Dean. All pertinent information such as exams, plagiarized sources, and/or other possible evidence should be retained by the instructor. Students will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs and receive Due Process; students have the right to grieve an action they feel violates their student rights. The Dean of Student Affairs will address the behavior reasonably through the procedures outlined in Administrative Procedure 5520 – Student Conduct Procedures.

The Student Affairs Office will maintain records related to violations of academic dishonesty and other violations of the college Standards of Conduct policy.