Honor Code and Behavior Violations

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.

Behavior Violations

 To ensure an environment consistent with the mission, values and vision of Blue Ridge Community College, students are expected to respect the rights of each member of the College community and to behave in a manner supportive of the collegiate environment.

Behaviors that are considered to be disruptive and therefore subject to disciplinary action include but are NOT limited to the following:

  1.  Providing false information or fraudulent documents to the College or any of its employees in the course of their duties; also forging, altering, or misusing College documents or instruments of identification.
  2. 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, which 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?” Plagiarism.org. iParadigms, 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2015.)
    • Cheating, which 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
    • Disrupting or obstructing any instruction, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other activities authorized by the College.
    • Failing to comply with professional ethical standards while part of an academic program.
    • Physically or psychologically abusing, or threatening to abuse, any person on College premises, at College activities, or directed against any person because of their actions as an employee of the College.
    • Violating established State Board for Community Colleges approved policies including, but not limited to, the Computer Ethics Guidelines, Policy on Expressive Activity, Sexual Misconduct Policy, Substance Abuse Policy, Weapons Regulation, and Workplace Violence Prevention & Threat Assessment Policy.
    • On-campus purchasing, consuming, possessing, or selling of alcoholic beverages as specified in the College substance abuse policy, except when specifically authorized by the College Board.
    • Possessing, using, selling, or purchasing of any illegal drugs or hallucinogenic agents on College premises or at College activities, as specified by the College substance abuse policy.
    • Restricting without authorization any vehicular or pedestrian traffic on College premises or at College activities.
    • Destroying, misusing, or damaging College property under its jurisdiction, or removing of such property without authorization.
    • Tampering with or misusing fire-fighting or other safety equipment.
    • Violating any local, state, or federal law on campus or at a College-authorized activity.
    • Failing to comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties