Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the kinds of misconduct listed below. Such dishonesty may involve written or spoken communications or those conveyed in electronic form.
Cheating involves the use of unauthorized or unethical assistance to gain an unfair advantage over other students. Instances include the following:
- Use of unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes or examinations;
- Use of resources beyond those authorized by the instructor in solving problems or in carrying out other assignments such as writing papers, preparing reports, or giving oral presentations;
- Acquisition, dissemination, or use of tests or other academic materials belonging to an instructor or a member of the staff without prior approval;
- Hiring or otherwise engaging someone to impersonate a student in taking a quiz or examination or in fulfilling other academic requirements.
Falsification involves misrepresentations of fact for academic gain. Instances include the following:
- Lying to or deceiving an instructor;
- Fabrication or misrepresentation of the documentation or the data involved in carrying out assignments;
- Fabrication, misrepresentation, or unauthorized alteration of information in academic records belonging to an instructor or to any academic department or administrative unit within the College.
Plagiarism involves the intentional representation of someone else's thoughts or words as if they were one's own. Instances include the following:
- Quoting directly from someone else's work without using quotation marks and without giving proper credit to the author;
- Paraphrasing someone else's ideas, concepts, arguments, observations, or statements without giving proper credit;
- Submitting as one's own work a paper or other assignment that has been prepared, either wholly or in large part, by another person, group, or commercial firm.
Sabotage involves interference with the academic work of another member of the university community or modification, theft, or destruction of intellectual property such as computer files, library materials, or personal books or papers.
Collusion involves collaboration with another person or persons for the purpose of engaging in, aiding, or abetting acts of academic dishonesty as defined above.
For purposes of adjudication, the kinds of misconduct listed above may be classified by degree of seriousness as follows:
- Class A Violations
Students may be alleged to have committed a Class A Violation under the following circumstances:
A) When a student acting alone cheats, falsifies, or plagiarizes in completing limited parts of a quiz, examination, or assignment.
B) When students collude on assignments that in the opinion of the instructor, the department chair, and the Dean or his deputy that are genuinely minor and of little weight in the students' overall grade.
Such violations include, but are not limited to, acts of dishonesty defined in Sections II.A.1-2, B.1-2, and C.1-2. They are to be handled according to the process described in Sections IV and V below.
- Class B Violations
Students may be alleged to have committed a Class B violation for any one of three reasons:
A) When they are charged with a violation of the Honesty Policy and already have in their record a previous violation.
B) When they are alleged to have engaged in collusion in the performance of any substantial assignment or requirement of the class.
C) When they are alleged to have engaged in any other academic misconduct of a particularly serious sort.
Such violations include, but are not limited to, acts of dishonesty defined in Sections II.A.3-4, B.3, C.3, D, and E. They are to be handled according to the process described in Section VI below.