Academic Integrity Policy
As defined by the Columbia College Academic Senate
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Professors and students have to obey rules of honest scholarship. Here are the basic assumptions about student academic work at Columbia College:
- Students attend Columbia College with the goal to learn and grow.
- Academic assignments exist for the sake of this goal.
- Grades exist to show how fully the goal is achieved.
- Thus, all work and all grades should result from the student’s own effort to learn and grow.
Academic integrity means understanding and respecting these basic truths. Academic dishonesty—cheating, misrepresentation, plagiarism—is not just against the rules; it violates the assumptions at the heart of all learning. It destroys the trust and respect that should exist in a learning environment. Finally, it is unfair to students who earn their grades honestly. All faculty, administrators, staff, and students share the responsibility to promote academic integrity and identify violations in the areas of academic integrity.
Examples of violations are listed below. Professors may define additional specific guidelines within their courses; refer to the course syllabus.
- copying from someone else’s assignment, homework, or exam or allowing others to copy you;
- altering or interfering with grading;
- using resources during an exam that are not allowed;
- consulting with someone other than the professor or proctor during an exam; or
- making or taking a copy of an exam with the intention of sharing with other students.
- lying to an instructor in order to improve a grade;
- submitting work that is not your own or giving someone else your work to submit in one’s own name;
- altering graded work to claim it as original work;
- submitting work that has been presented previously in another course if contrary to the rules of either course.
- incorporating the ideas, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of another person’s work without giving appropriate credit (citations) and representing as your own;
- representing another’s artistic or scholarly work as your own; or
- submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service or other arrangements.
Students have the right to be informed of and challenge allegations of misconduct.
- Student shall be given notice by the faculty member in charge of the class or the activity on the Academic Integrity Violation Form, available on the college website.
- Copies of this form will be given to the professor, the student, the appropriate division dean for the class where the violation occurred, Dean of Arts, Sciences & HHP, Dean of Career Technical Education, or the Dean of Student Services.
- The Dean of Student Services will be given a copy to have a record in the student’s conduct file. If needed, the violation will be evaluated against the Student Code of Conduct policy and further action taken.
Consequences for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy may range from verbal warning, to partial or no credit on an assignment or exam. Violation of this policy also violates the Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to disciplinary action described in the Student Code of Conduct. Discipline may range from reprimand, suspension to expulsion.