The functioning of an academic community depends on the integrity of all of its members. Blue Ridge Community College values truthfulness, respect for the property of others, and honesty in academic work. Violations of these values may result in permanent dismissal from the College. The Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities, located in the Catalog and Student Handbook, and the Statement on Academic Honesty below, provide specific guidelines which encompass this code.
When College officials award credit, degrees, diplomas, and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of the work done by students; therefore, it is important that each student maintains the highest standard of honor in his or her scholastic work. Academic dishonesty cannot be condoned. When such misconduct is established as having occurred, students are subject to possible disciplinary actions ranging from admonition to dismissal, along with any grade penalty the instructor may impose in accord with their syllabus and college policies. Procedural safeguards of limited due process and appeal are available to students in disciplinary matters. Grade disputes about a grade assigned as a result of academic dishonesty can only be resolved through the grade appeal procedure. No withdrawal policy outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook can supersede a grade penalty assigned as a consequence of an academic honesty violation.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, one of the following acts:
- Cheating on an examination or quiz, including the giving, receiving or soliciting of information, the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during the examination or quiz.
- Buying, selling, stealing or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material.
- Substituting for another person during an examination and/or quiz, including online exams or quizzes, or allowing such substitution for one’s self.
Plagiarism. This is the act of using content and/or ideas from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own. There are three types of plagiarism as listed in Donald A. Sears’ book Harbrace Guide to the Library and Research Paper, 3rd Edition (New York: Harcourt, 1972, p. 45). They are:
- Word-for-word plagiarism: The submission of the work of another source without proper acknowledgment of that source by footnote, bibliography or reference in the paper.
- Patchwork plagiarism: Submitting a work that is stitched together from a variety of sources that does not indicate direct quotes or acknowledgment of those sources.
- Unacknowledged paraphrase: Restatement or rewording of another author’s original thought or idea must be acknowledged. Restatement by means of paraphrase does not remove the necessity of giving credit to original sources. Refer to the Library website for more information on plagiarism.
- Collaboration with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit without advance approval from the instructor.
- Knowingly furnishing false information to the College including, but not limited to, forgery, alteration or use of College documents, or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.