Student Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is fundamental to a successful academic community. At Zane State College, every faculty member and student subscribes to the Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity as defined by the Center for Academic Integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility ( This Academic Integrity Policy addresses behaviors that are considered to be academic misconduct and establishes procedures to be followed when such behaviors and/or acts occur. Academic integrity is expected not only in formal class and coursework situations, including online courses, but in all college relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of college resources. Both students and faculty are responsible for supporting and adhering to the fundamental values of Academic Integrity.

Academic Misconduct

Failure to act in accordance with the Academic Integrity Policy will be considered academic misconduct. The following statements outline infractions, which cannot be listed exhaustively for every case, that constitute academic misconduct. The Chief Academic Officer reserves the right to make final determinations of academic misconduct, especially for behaviors that are not listed here.

AIDING or ABETTING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: Providing material(s), information, or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aid could be used in any of the violations stated in this policy; or, providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.

CHEATING: Use and/or possession of unauthorized material or technology, such as portable electronic devices, audio recordings, notes, tests, calculators, or computer programs, during any written or oral work, including examinations, submitted for evaluation and/or grade; obtaining assistance from another person, with or without that person’s knowledge, on any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade; furnishing another person with assistance or answers to any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade; possessing, using, distributing, or selling unauthorized copies of any computer program and/or any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade; allowing another person to do one’s work, written or oral, and submitting that work under one’s own name; taking an examination in place of another person; obtaining unauthorized access to the computer files of another person or agency, and/or altering or destroying those files; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for regrading; submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior permission from the course instructors; aiding or assisting another student(s) in gaining an unfair advantage; completing another student(s) work for them and/or allowing another student(s) to use your work as their own; or, collaboration on assignments unless it is a team/group assignment unless permission is given by instructor.

DISHONESTY: Acts of academic fraud; attempt(s) by a student(s) to deceive an instructor; attempt(s) to hide or cover up information pertinent to student(s) coursework; or, falsification of records and or documentation.

FABRICATION: The falsification or inventing of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise.

FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS: Altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, drop/add form, ID card, or any other official Zane State College document.

PLAGIARISM: Submitting another’s published or unpublished work, in whole, in part, or in paraphrase, as one’s own without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations, or bibliographical reference; submitting as one’s own, original work, material obtained from an individual or agency without reference to the person or agency as the source of the material; submitting as one’s own, original work, material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators; or, obtaining another person’s work through purchase, or otherwise, and submitting it as one’s own.

OBTAINING AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE: Stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor; stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing library materials with the purpose of depriving others of their use; unauthorized collaborating on an academic assignment; retaining, possessing, using, or circulating previously given examination materials, where those materials clearly indicate that they are to be returned to the instructor at the conclusion of the examination; intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s academic work; or, undertaking an activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students’ academic work.

UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO COMPUTERIZED ACADEMIC OR ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS OR SYSTEMS: Viewing or altering computer records; modifying computer programs or systems; releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access; or, interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information.

Misconduct has NOT occurred when students:

  • have permission to work together on written or oral work, and all contributors are named.
  • receive assistance from instructors, teaching assistants, or staff members involved in the course.
  • share knowledge about technology specific jargon, or other language-specific information during the preparation of written or oral work.
  • engage in a general discussion about an assignment, the requirements for an assignment, or general strategies for completion of an assignment.
  • compare their solutions to an assignment in order to better understand the assignment overall.
  • engage in discussion about course content or strategies in preparation for an assignment or examination.
General Responsibilities of Faculty Member

The faculty member:

  • accepts responsibility for knowing and understanding the Academic Integrity Policy.
  • promotes academic integrity by making expectations clear on syllabi concerning assignments, examinations, homework, research, and group projects.
  • makes an effort to detect and prevent incidents of dishonesty and to report evidence of infractions.
  • displays academic integrity.
General Responsibilities of the Student

The submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work has been done by the student. Sources for all work should be acknowledged and truthfully reported by the student. The student:

  • accepts responsibility to read and seek understanding of the Academic Integrity Policy.
  • accurately represents his or her work.
  • refuses to be part of another student’s academic misconduct.
  • does not use fraud or dishonesty to advance his or her academic position.
  • cooperatively works with faculty in mutual cooperation toward the implementation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
  • does not in any other manner violate the principle of academic integrity.
Academic Integrity Policy

If an instructor suspects a student of academic misconduct:

Step 1: Instructor meets with the student(s) to discuss the behavior and/or act in question to determine its intentionality and checks available records to determine if other similar offenses have been reported.

If it is determined a situation involved intentional academic misconduct:

Step 2: Instructor collects and maintains documentation and materials of the alleged incident.

Step 3: Instructor submits a report for Academic Integrity Violations through My ZSC which is forwarded to the appropriate Academic Dean

Step 4: The Academic Dean, with input from the instructor, will make a consequence recommendation within five (5) business days of receiving the Academic Integrity Violations report.

If the instructor and Academic Dean are in agreement regarding the consequence:

Step 5: The instructor will verbally communicate the consequence to the student.

Step 6: The Academic Dean will formally notify the student of the consequence via a letter delivered by regular or certified mail or by personal delivery within five (5) business days of the decision. The Academic Dean will forward copies of the letter to the instructor, the student’s advisor of record, the Provost, the Registrar, and the Chief Student Affairs Officer. The communication will include a copy of the Grade Appeals and Academic Complaints procedure. In the event that the student requests a hearing, procedures will be followed as outlined under the Student Code of Conduct “Hearings and Appeals” section.

If the instructor and Academic Dean are not in agreement regarding the consequence:

Step 7: The Provost will be consulted collectively by the instructor and Academic Dean.

Step 8: The Provost will determine the consequence within five (5) business days of meeting with the instructor and Academic Dean, and will formally notify the student of the consequence via certified or regular mail delivery. The Provost will forward copies of the letter to the instructor, the student’s advisor of record, the Academic Dean, the Registrar, and the Chief Student Affairs Officer. The communication will include a copy of the Grade Appeals and Academic Complaints procedure. In the event that the student requests a hearing, procedures will be followed as outlined under the Student Code of Conduct “Hearings and Appeals” section.

To report violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, instructors are directed to visit My ZSC and click on “Report an Incident/Complaint” under Quick Links in the left sidebar.  The link to the online report can be found under “Report Academic Integrity Concerns.”