Academic Integrity Academic Integrity

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:

  1. Students attend Columbia College with the goal to learn and grow.
  2. Academic assignments exist for the sake of this goal.
  3. Grades exist to show how fully the goal is achieved.
  4. 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 degrades 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.

Due Process

Students have the right to be informed of and challenge accusations of violations.

Student Responsibilities:

If the student disagrees with the faculty’s accusation,

  • The student will need to contact the appropriate division dean within 5 college business days of being notified of the accusation.
  • The division dean will investigate and the student will be informed in writing of the results of the investigation within 10 college business days.
  • The student may challenge the findings of the division dean within 5 college business days by contacting the Vice President of Student Services. The Vice President’s decision will be final.

Faculty Responsibilities:

Student shall be given notice by the faculty member in charge of the class/activity detailingThe accusation of the violation(s),

  • The evidence of the violation(s),
  • The consequence(s) (such as a warning, zero score on the assignment, or further disciplinary action).
  • Information about due process including contact information of division dean in the case that the student disagrees with the accusation.

Faculty member will fill out the Columbia College Concern and/or Complaint   Form (CCAT), providing evidence for the accusation.

  • This form is sent to the Dean of Student Services, who will notify the appropriate division dean.
  • The Dean of Student Services will retain copies of all student violations. If needed, a pattern of behaviors will be evaluated and further action may be taken.

For more information on Due Process at YCCD, refer to Policy 3-8020.


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.

Academic Senate Revision 3/12/2021


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