To define academic dishonesty and outline consequences for students who engage in academic dishonesty. 


  1. Academic Dishonesty - includes misconduct associated with the classroom, laboratory or clinical learning process. Some examples of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.
  2. Cheating - includes, but is not limited to, (a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests or examinations; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments or (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.
  3. Plagiarism - plagiarism is intellectual theft and includes, but is not limited to, the undocumented use of information—paraphrase or direct quotation—from the published or unpublished work of another person or source; plagiarism also includes using papers/writings from an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


When a faculty or staff member encounters an incident of academic dishonesty they will submit the Academic Dishonesty Report form to the academic dean responsible for the course, which details the alleged incident, and provides evidentiary documentation. The Dean will determine whether other incidences of academic dishonesty have been reported by requesting such information from the Office of the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs.  Violations will be tracked in the dean’s office and in the office of the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs. 


If a violation of the code for academic dishonesty is established by a preponderance of evidence the following sanctions will apply:

  1. For the first violation: the faculty member will impose sanctions which could include, but are not limited to, a written notice to the student, grade adjustment, additional academic assignments, or course failure. The Dean will inform the student in writing of the evidence and sanctions, and will attach a copy of the academic dishonesty policy. The Dean will set a meeting date with the student to discuss the violation.
  2. For the second violation: Failure of the course in which the academic dishonesty occurs.  The Dean will issue a written reprimand which becomes part of the permanent student record.
  3. For the third violation: college expulsion-permanent separation of the student from the college will be imposed upon the approval of the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs.


Date of Last Review:   1/22/2016