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Academic integrity is a concept central to academic success, just as personal integrity is central to the development of a socially responsible student. CSCC does not tolerate academic misconduct in any form, and the Student Code of Conduct process is used to educate students who violate this policy. Academic misconduct comes in two major forms: intentional and unintentional. Unintentional misconduct may occur due to a lack of familiarity with citation rules, misunderstanding course requirements or assignment instructions, or lack of preparation.
It is important to note that any form of academic misconduct, whether intentional or unintentional, is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Academic integrity violations may impact future academic opportunities, including transfer to other higher education institutions, entrance to programs, leadership opportunities, etc, particularly if a pattern of misconduct is found.
If you are unclear about the requirements in a course or unfamiliar with proper citation methods, visit the Writing Center in the Educational Resources Center (ERC), Columbus Hall. There are also online writing tool and tutorials available via the Writing Center website.
Policies and Procedures
Tips on Academic Misconduct
- Address academic misconduct as early in the semester as possible, to avoid any misunderstanding
of your classroom expectations
- Students have varying levels of familiarity with concepts such as plagiarism; never assume that students know what that means in your class
- Be sure to define what is acceptable in terms of collaboration with other students (i.e. can students work together on assignments, quizzes, take-home exams?); every classroom will have different rules
- Formalize the academic integrity discussion with a quiz, development of a classroom honor code, or have students submit a written statement acknowledging that they understand classroom expectations around academic misconduct and the syllabus
- Reporting is critical – documentation should include as much detail as possible on the nature of the violation and a statement from the instructor
- If possible, report violations to Student Conduct before confronting student
- We can check the academic integrity database for any prior violations
- We can place restriction on student’s registration, preventing him/her from dropping course until the issue is resolved
- Multiple violations of academic misconduct policy will require a hearing with the Student Conduct Committee and student may be suspended or expelled
- Faculty are encouraged to appear in any Committee hearing as a witness or to work with the Student Conduct Program Coordinator to ensure accuracy and determine appropriate sanction
Academic Integrity resources
- Purdue Online Writing Guide
- International Center for Academic Integrity
- Intentional vs. Unintentional plagiarism:
Academic Integrity Workshop and training opportunities
The Office of Student Conduct facilitates an Academic Integrity Workshop for students found responsible for violations of academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism. The workshop focuses on both the ethical obligation to produce one’s own work (intentional misconduct), as well as the expectation to understand citation rules and seek answers if assignments or classroom policies are unclear (unintentional misconduct).
We discuss common issues leading to academic misconduct, such as lack of preparation, the “everyone does it” myth, improper collaboration with classmates, poor judgment, and unfamiliarity with college expectations. Students leave with a solid understanding of academic integrity principles, campus and online resources, and consequences for continued academic misconduct.
If you would be interested in having a representative from the Office of Student Conduct discuss academic integrity with your class or campus group, feel free to contact us at 614-287-2117.