ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
Academic Integrity is fundamental to a successful academic community. Zane State College subscribes to the Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity as defined by the Center for Academic Integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility (http://www.academicintegrity.org).

Academic integrity is expected not only in formal class and coursework situations 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. This policy outlines expectations for both students and faculty and outlines consequences for infraction by students.

General Responsibilities of the 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/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 academic integrity.

  • does not in any other manner violate the principle 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 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.

Academic Misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

AIDING or ABETTING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: Knowingly helping, procuring, or encouraging another person to engage in academic misconduct.

CHEATING: Any dishonesty or deception in fulfilling an academic requirement such as:

  1. Use and/or possession of unauthorized material or technology during any written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or grade such as audio recordings, notes, tests, calculators, or computer programs.

  2. Obtaining assistance from another person with or without that person’s knowledge on any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade.

  3. Furnishing another person with assistance or answers to any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade.

  4. Possessing, using, distributing, or selling unauthorized copies of any computer program, written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade.

  5. Representing as one’s own any written or oral work submitted for evaluation or a grade that was prepared by another person.

  6. Taking an examination in place of another person.

  7. Obtaining unauthorized access to the computer files of another person or agency, and/or altering or destroying those files.

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

PLAGIARISM:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Submitting as one’s own, original work, material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

Misconduct has NOT occurred when students:

  • have permission to work together on written or oral work, and list all contributors.

  • 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.

Academic Integrity Procedure

  1. If a faculty member suspects a student of academic misconduct, then (s) he is responsible for collecting and maintaining original documentation and materials of the alleged incident. The faculty member uses this documentation to determine if an infraction has occurred and may consult with the Academic Dean if desired.
  2. If it is determined that an infraction has taken place, then the faculty member makes a consequence recommendation to the appropriate Academic Dean. If the faculty member and Dean are in agreement regarding the consequence, then the faculty member will verbally communicate the consequence to the student. The 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 Dean will forward copies of the letter to the faculty member, the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and the Vice President of Student Services. 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.
  3. If the faculty member and Dean are not in agreement regarding the consequence, then the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) will be consulted collectively by the faculty member and Dean. In this case, the CAO will determine the consequence within five (5) business days of meeting with the faculty member and Dean, and will formally notify the student of the consequence via certified or regular mail delivery. The CAO will forward copies of the letter to the faculty member, Academic Dean, and the Vice President of Student Services. 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.

       Possible consequences may include, but are not limited to:

    • Academic behavioral counseling
    • A failing grade in the course
    • Dismissal from the academic program
    • A failing grade on the assignment 
    • Dismissal from the course
    • Dismissal from the college
       
  4. Incidents of academic misconduct may lead to student dismissal from the College. Recommendations for dismissal must be sent by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the College for action. Dismissal decisions will be made within five (5) business days of receipt of the recommendation, as possible, and will be communicated to the student via a letter delivered by certified or regular mail. A copy of the dismissal letter will be forwarded to the CAO, Academic Dean, faculty member, and Vice President of Student Services for the student’s file.