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Integrity of Academic Work

I. Statement of Values


The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to a community of learners. All members of the Delta College Community are expected to honor these principles and are responsible for maintaining the integrity of academic work at the College.


Plagiarism or any misrepresentation of work, unsanctioned collaboration, use of prohibited materials, and participation in any form of dishonesty all constitute violation of this policy.


Violations of this policy will result in the actions and consequences specified within this policy.



II. Faculty determine standards of integrity for academic coursework.


Examples of academic dishonesty that would constitute violations of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Plagiarism*

B. Cheating on tests, quizzes, or any assignments

C. Fabrication

D. Aiding and abetting dishonesty

E. Falsification of records and official documents


*Plagiarism is defined as, “the false assumption of authorship; the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own.” As developed by Alexander Lindey in “Plagiarism and Originality” (N.Y.: Harper,1952)


III. Faculty and Staff Responsibilities.


Faculty should do the following, where applicable and when appropriate:

A. Provide clarification about the nature of academic dishonesty.

B. Clarify expectations for homework, assignments, collaborative student efforts, research papers, exams, etc.

C. Identify any specific style/format requirements for assignments.

D. Communicate ethical and professional standards associated with courses and programs.

E. Honor principles of truth and honesty and in so doing protect the validity of college grades.


IV. Student Responsibilities and Rights


Delta College Students are responsible for understanding/following

A.   All provisions of this policy including, but not limited to, examples under I and II above.

B. Specific course policies for academic work.

C. Other College policies as specified in the current Delta College Catalog.

D. Commonly understood principles of personal honesty and integrity.

 The student may appeal, through the Disputed Final Grades policy, any grade affected by a charge of academic dishonesty.


V. Process for Policy Violations by Students


A.  Faculty may use their discretion and judgment in any suspected violation of this policy, including limiting action to a warning. If the faculty member determines that this policy has been violated, then the process outlined below will be followed.

1. If the faculty member decides that a violation of this policy will not affect the student’s assignment or course grade, the faculty member will explain the violation to the student and warn the student of future consequences for similar behavior.

2. If a faculty member decides that a violation of this policy will affect the student’s grade in the course, then the faculty member will explain the decision in writing to the student within a reasonable time frame. The faculty member will then send copies of the written explanation to the appropriate Division Chair, Academic Dean, and the Chief Academic Officer of the College.

 Both the Division Office and Academic Office will maintain permanent records of these violations.


B.  When a violation is reported to the Academic Office, the Chief Academic Officer of the College will determine appropriate consequences beyond the course grade for the student, including, particularly in the case of a repeated violation of this policy, possible dismissal from the College.

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