Academic Honesty Policy

23 Oct

Please take time to review the Academic Honesty Policy, located here.

Durham Technical Community College establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs either inside or outside the classroom.

Student Violation Procedure
Academic dishonesty is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper which includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials on examinations or other academic exercises such as
    1. Sharing information about an exam with a student who has not taken that exam;
    2. Obtaining information about the contents of a test the student has not taken;
    3. Unauthorized use of PDAs, programmable calculators, or other electronic storage devices;
    4. Text messaging or other forms of communication during an exam;
    5. Unauthorized or inappropriate file sharing and use of Internet and computer resources as specified in the Appropriate Use Policy; and
    6. Unauthorized use of translation software and assistance from native speakers or advanced-level students in foreign language classes.
  2. Plagiarism, which is defined as the representation of another person’s work, words, thoughts, or ideas, including material from the Internet, as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, copying material and using ideas from an article, book, unpublished paper, or the Internet without proper documentation of references.
  3. Unauthorized use and/or possession of any academic material, such as tests, research papers, assignments, or similar materials.

Reports of Academic Honesty Policy violations are kept on file in the office of the Chief Instructional Officer. Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy do not expire.

The following violation procedure applies to alleged instances of academic dishonesty.

Any student who commits acts of academic dishonesty as described above shall be disciplined in the following manner:

  1. In the case of a first offense of classroom dishonesty as described above, a grade of zero shall be given on that particular classroom exercise. The instructor must notify, in writing, the student and the Chief Instructional Officer via the instructor’s immediate supervisor of the assigned grade of zero within seven working days. The Chief Instructional Officer will then notify the instructor in a timely manner about any prior violations of classroom dishonesty against the student.
  2. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a second offense of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall withdraw the student with a grade of F for the course, and the student shall become ineligible for any and all scholarships funded by the college.Students who are removed from a class for academic dishonesty cannot receive a grade of W for the course. The Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will notify the student about the assignment of the grade of F and the scholarship ineligibility in writing.If the student appeals the second finding of academic dishonesty via the Student Grievance Procedure, the student shall be allowed to remain in the class until the appeal is resolved.
  3. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a third offense of academic dishonesty, the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will request that the student meet with the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The student must meet with the Chief Instructional Officer within three working days after notification by the college. If, upon review of the evidence, the Chief Instructional Officer deems the student to be not guilty of the act of dishonesty, the student will be allowed to resume class attendance immediately and allowed to make up any work missed due to the suspension. If the Chief Instructional Officer finds that the student has committed a third offense of academic dishonesty, a punishment for the student will be recommended to the college’s President. Punishment will normally include suspension from the college for a period of time that the President determines to be appropriate. If a student is found guilty of an Academic Honesty Policy violation and suspended from the college due to the violation, the student’s suspension will be recorded on the student’s official college record.
  4. Any instance of academic dishonesty in a clinical practicum or workplace setting shall be treated as equivalent to a third offense of academic dishonesty in the classroom. The student shall be referred to the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. 
  5. Students may appeal decisions concerning issues addressed by this policy through the Student Grievance Procedure.
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