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Honor Code

As an academic community we are committed to holding ourselves to the highest standards of ethical integrity. Blue Ridge Community College values truthfulness, honesty in academic work, and respect for the person and property of others. Our community feels that integrity and ethical behavior are essential to positive student development and achievement. The consequences of violating these values and standards will range from academic penalties to disciplinary actions, as appropriate for the violation. Faculty or administration members may also require restorative justice activities to help return the individual to good-standing within the ethical community.

Academic Dishonesty

Committing academic dishonesty in a deliberate attempt to defraud, falsify, fabricate, or otherwise alter facts, information, or records related to a student’s participation in an academic exercise or function. Based on the seriousness of the academic dishonesty, instructors may (1) impose a grading penalty in accord with their course requirements, (2) assign a restorative justice exercise that would provide the student an opportunity to return to a state of ethical conduct with any grade or assignment adjustment at the discretion of the instructor, and/or (3) refer the offending student to the Vice President’s office for more serious consequences. Any grade disputes over penalties resulting from an act of academic dishonesty can only be resolved through the grade appeal process. No withdrawal policy outlined in the Student Handbook can supersede a grade penalty resulting from an act of academic dishonesty.  Academic dishonesty includes:


Plagiarism occurs when an individual steals the words, ideas, artistic work, image or graphic of someone else and claims it as his or her own. “All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning  in someone else’s work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not"  (“What Is Plagiarism?” iParadigms, 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2015.)


Cheating includes:

  • the unauthorized giving, receiving, or soliciting of information on assignments, quizzes, examinations, or projects
  • using or accessing unauthorized materials, including electronic materials on assignments, quizzes, examinations, or projects
  • buying, selling, or stealing unauthorized material that is the unreleased contents of an upcoming assignment, quiz, examination, or project
  • substituting for another student (or sending an unauthorized substitute) during an assignment, quiz, examination, or project—including an online assignment, quiz, examination, or project
  • giving unauthorized assistance to another person or receiving unauthorized assistance from a person (or unauthorized collaboration) in the completion of assignments, quizzes, examinations, or projects
  • unauthorized dual-submission of previous academic work or using any material portion of a paper or project to fulfill the requirements of more than one course without receiving prior permission to do so from the appropriate instructor(s)
  • intentionally commencing early or ending late any work on an assignment, quiz, examination, or project thereby violating imposed time limits
  • failing to follow instructions for an assignment, quiz, examination, or project despite having knowledge that such conduct would lead to an unfair advantage
  • providing false information to postpone an assignment, exam, or gain unearned benefit
  • knowingly witnessing any form of cheating and not reporting to an instructor, college official, or testing center staffer

From: Statement on Student Rights, Honor Code and Behavior Violations, and Disciplinary and Appeals Procedures - PDF (requires Acrobat Reader)