Student Academic Integrity

Effective Spring 2014

Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is an academic community with its fundamental purpose being the pursuit of learning and student development. Consistent with this purpose and in order to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all members of the college community, it is the policy of GTCC to enforce standards for academic integrity of our programs and courses. Conduct that violates standards of academic honesty and integrity is subject to academic disciplinary action. This conduct may include, but is not limited to, cheating, fabrication and falsification, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials and complicity in academic dishonesty. Any student who violates these standards is subject to academic disciplinary action.

1. Introduction:
It is the expectation of the College that students maintain absolute integrity and high standards of individual honor in their academic work. Violations of this policy will result in actions which may include, but are not limited to, entry of the incident in the records of the Office of the Vice President of Student Support Services, reduced grades, and dismissal from college classes, programs, and activities. Records of all incidents will be kept on file in the Office of Student Support Services.

2. Definitions:

a. Cheating – the intentional use or attempt to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices in any academic exercise and includes the unauthorized communication of information during an academic exercise

b. Fabrication and falsification – the intentional and unauthorized invention of alteration of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Fabrication is a matter of inventing or counterfeiting information for use in any academic exercise; falsification is a matter of altering information

c. Plagiarism – the intentional or knowing presentation of the work of another as one’s own without proper acknowledgment of the source. The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas or information is common knowledge

d. Abuse of academic materials – Making inaccessible, destroying, or stealing library or other academic resource material, including equipment. Violations may be referred to civil authorities for prosecution under the law

e. Complicity in academic dishonesty – aiding or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty

3. Documentation and Possible Ramifications for Violations:

a. Documentation of violations of this policy must be recorded on the Student Academic Integrity Violation Report form and filed in the office of the Vice President of Student Support Services.

b. Faculty members, College administrators, librarians, lab personnel, counselors, or other personnel noticing infractions of the standards of academic honesty and integrity may be responsible for instituting disciplinary procedures in response to the defined violations. The penalties that may be assessed include, but are not limited to:

3) A reduced grade (including F) for the course
4) Temporary dismissal from class
5) Dismissal from class for the remainder of the term
6) Referring violations to civil authorities for prosecution under the law

c. In cases when the act of academic dishonesty is particularly flagrant, having import beyond the specific course in which the violation occurred (e.g., the outright or attempted theft of materials or equipment) or when there is a pattern of dishonesty which seems to be undeterred by imposing lesser penalties, the College faculty or staff member may institute proceedings leading to disciplinary suspension from the College. The College faculty or staff member, with approval of his/her immediate supervisor, may refer such cases to the Office of the Vice President for Student Support Services with a written recommendation that disciplinary suspension proceedings be initiated. The request should include a description of the dishonest act(s) and any available documentation. The current College regulations for Disciplinary Suspension and Due Process will be followed.

d. The following factors are considered in all determinations of penalty:

1) The nature and seriousness of the offense
2) The injury or damage resulting from the misconduct
3) The student’s prior disciplinary record
4) The student’s attitude and demeanor subsequent to the violation

4. Academic Integrity Appeal Process (excluding disciplinary suspension):

a. A student wishing to appeal an academic integrity decision, other than disciplinary suspension, that affects his/her status at the College should first appeal to the College faculty or staff member making the decision.

b. If the issue is not resolved after making his/her appeal to the faculty or staff member, the student may appeal the decision to the appropriate department chair. The student will be required to submit the Student Academic Integrity Violation Report and any other supporting documentation.

c. If the issue remains unresolved after presenting his/her formal, written appeal to the department chair/coordinator, the student may appeal to the appropriate division chair using the process outlined in b.

d. If appropriate resolution cannot be reached at the division chair level, the student may appeal to the Associate Vice President of Instruction using the process outlined in b.

e. Failing to reach a resolution at that level, the student may appeal to the Vice President of Instruction. The decision of the Vice President of Instruction is final.