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Plagiarism Policy

With regard to a matter of academic dishonesty in taking a college course, the College’s respective faculty members are authorized to administer certain appropriate disciplinary action.  If a given faculty member has substantive evidence of a student’s having committed, attempted to commit, or solicited an act of cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall have the authority to (1) impose a grade of “F” for the respective assignment or test; (2) impose an “F” for the respective course; (3) require that an assignment be redone or a test be retaken; (4) impose other similar sanctions designed to preserve academic integrity.  The faculty member shall not have the right to suspend or expel a student.  That authority is reserved for the Dean, Student Affairs and the College Judiciary Committee.  If the faculty member believes that the improper conduct should be subject to greater punishment, or additional punishment, then the case should be referred to the Dean, Student Affairs for disciplinary review.  In any situation where a student is alleged to have committed academic dishonesty of any nature, the faculty member making the allegation shall within three (3) working days after the alleged wrongful act or the faculty member’s first knowledge of the act, give the student written notice of the allegation and give the student the opportunity to respond to each allegation made.  The student shall have a maximum of three (3) working days to respond to any allegation made.  No disciplinary grade imposed by a faculty member shall be considered final unless and until the student has been given written notice of the alleged wrongdoing and the opportunity to respond.  It is not necessary that the student give a response for a grade to be finalized, only that the student has been given an opportunity to respond and that the instructor give due consideration to any response which is made.  Each instructor shall keep a confidential file of any and all written allegations of academic dishonesty and all actions taken with regard to such allegations.  Any student against whom a sanction is imposed by a faculty member as a result of an allegation of academic dishonesty shall have the right to appeal the sanction to the dean, student affairs.  The appeal must be filed with the Dean within five (5) working days after the student is first made aware of the date that the decision has been made to impose a sanction and must include:  (1) a copy of the faculty member’s written allegations of academic dishonesty; (2) a statement of the sanction imposed; (3) the dates on which the student received the written allegation and on which the student responded to the allegation; (4) the nature of the student’s response to the faculty member concerning the allegation; and (5) the rationale for the appeal of the sanction.  The student shall have the option of admitting to the dean, student affairs the act of academic dishonesty and proposing an alternative sanction or denying that academic dishonesty has been committed.