721.4 Academic Integrity
Umpqua Community College is committed to providing students with a quality education that upholds high academic standards; the academic integrity of each student is valued. Academic integrity means academic honesty or the ethical adherence to guidelines set by individual faculty members and UCC. The academic integrity of each student is crucial not only to that individual student’s quality of education but to the academic reputation of UCC as a whole. Academic dishonesty jeopardizes individual students and the educational mission of UCC. Therefore, UCC has a zero tolerance policy regarding all forms of academic dishonesty.
A. Academic Dishonesty
The following actions and/or behaviors are types of academic dishonesty for which students will be subject to sanction. These actions/behaviors are not designed to define academic dishonesty in all-inclusive terms and in no way should this be considered an exhaustive list:
- Deliberate cheating on any graded assignment; cheating is defined as any of the following:
- use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests or exams;
- dependence upon the aid of services beyond those authorized by the faculty member in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments;
- the acquisition without permission of the faculty member, of a test or other academic material.
- Consultation of any notes, crib sheets, or other materials in examinations where such consultation is prohibited.
- Copying another student’s answers or strategies on a test, quiz, professional or practical assignment or allowing another to do so.
- Obtaining a faculty member’s examination questions or answers without the faculty member’s permission.
- Collaborating with others on assignments or assessments when expressly prohibited by the faculty member.
- Submitting one’s own previously graded work as a new assignment without the faculty member’s permission.
- Plagiarism or the presenting as ones own work the work of another writer without acknowledgment of the source. Plagiarism includes failure to acknowledge the source of words, phrases, ideas, information, data, evidence, or organizing principals; failure to acknowledge the source of a quotation or paraphrase; submitting as one’s own work that which was borrowed, stolen, purchased, or otherwise obtained from someone else or the Internet.
- Fabrication or falsification of any information, research, data, references or clinical records.
- Assisting another student to engage in any form of academic dishonesty.
- Tampering with evaluation devices or documents;
- Impersonating another student during a quiz, test, cooperative work experience placement, supervised field experience placement or clinical placement or other student assessment/assignment or participating in being impersonated by another student;
- Use of electronic devices including cell phones or other similar wireless devices to convey information relevant to the test, quiz or other student assessment, during any test, quiz, or other student assessment.
B. Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty
- Zero or “F” grade for assignment. A faculty member may immediately issue a zero or “F” grade for a paper, assignment, quiz, or other student assessment as a sanction for academic dishonesty, with or without the possibility of makeup.
- Zero or “F” grade in course. A faculty member has the right to immediately suspend a student from the course (with no possibility or refund) and issue a grade of “F” for a course if the faculty member has documented that the student has engaged in egregious acts of academic dishonesty.
- Recommendation for administrative sanctions. In addition to the above sanctions, a faculty member or department chair may petition the Vice President for Student Development to apply administrative sanctions. Administrative sanctions include:
- complete withdrawal from all courses (with no possibility of refund);
- disciplinary suspension from the student’s academic program (if applicable); and/or
- disciplinary suspension from the college.
A student who violates the academic integrity policy will initially be dealt with by the faculty member in whose class the violation occurred.
Step One: Notice
The faculty member will inform the student of the misconduct and apply the appropriate immediate sanction.
Step Two: Filing of report
The faculty member will file a written report of the act of academic dishonesty with the Vice President for Student Development within five (5) college business days of when the faculty member discovered the act of dishonesty. A copy of the report will be provided to the Registrar.
Step Three: Filing of Student Code of Conduct violation
Pursuant to Policy 721.5, the faculty member or department chair may initiate disciplinary proceedings by filing a Student Code of Conduct violation with the Vice President for Student Development.
Independent of the faculty member or department chair, the Vice President for Student Development may choose to initiate disciplinary proceedings based on the written report of the act submitted by the faculty member.
Step Four: Disciplinary Proceedings
Disciplinary proceedings for acts of academic dishonesty will be conducted in accordance with the Student Discipline procedure outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, policy 721.4.
Step Five: Grievance/Appeals
Pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct, policy 721.7 the student may grieve the faculty member’s decision and/or appeal any decision rendered through the Student Discipline process.