One of the College’s Core Themes is Instructional Excellence, and in order to achieve instructional Excellence, academic integrity must be upheld. Academic Integrity is the “commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. … these five values, plus the courage to act on them even in the face of adversity, are truly foundational to the academy” (The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, 2013). These values are especially important in how students represent their own learning, ideas, and work. Practicing academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, non-participation in the following behaviors: cheating, plagiarism, falsifying information, unauthorized collaboration, facilitating academic dishonesty, and violating program policies and procedures.

For additional information on academic integrity expectations, see the Student Code of Conduct. Violations may result in disciplinary action ranging from failure of the assignment to failure of the entire course. Acts of academic dishonesty, especially when sanctions are given, are reported and managed by the Academic Conduct Process. Repeated acts of academic dishonesty have more severe institutional consequences.