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Academic Honesty




ARC Academic Honesty Information

ACADEMIC HONESTY ADDENDUM (For additional information, refer to the ARC Faculty Handbook, which can be found in the  ARC Insider, then click on Instructional Resources). 

Plagiarism and Cheating: 

Academic dishonesty is a violation of the ARC "Student Standards of Conduct" and will not be tolerated. It diminishes the quality of the scholarship at the college and hurts the majority of students who conduct themselves earnestly and honestly.  Ignorance of these academic and behavioral standards will not absolve any student from being held responsible for them or from any disciplinary action that may result from their actions. The two most common examples of academic dishonesty are 1) cheating; and 2) plagiarism.  

Cheating is the act of acquiring or obtaining academic work through fraud, deception, or dishonest acts. Examples:  Copying in part or in whole from someone else's test.  Submitting work presented previously in another course when contrary to directions prohibiting such acts from either course.  Altering or interfering with grading in the class.  Using or referring to any sources or materials not authorized by the professor during the quiz, test, or examination.  Committing other acts that misrepresent one's own academic work.  Acting in part or in whole to compromise the integrity of the course examinations/quizzes/projects through replication, duplication, or electronic means.  

Plagiarism is representing the work of another person as one's own work and submitting it to fulfill the academic requirements of the course. Examples:  Submitting a written paper purchased or obtained from an outside source.  Representing another's creation (painting, photo, music composition, computer program, etc.) as your own product and work.  Incorporating words, passages, ideas of another person's writing without citing appropriate credit or acknowledgement and representing it as your own.  Duplicating any previous academic work from another and then submitting them as your own for academic credit.  

Other examples of academic dishonesty:  Forging signatures on Add/Drop slips or altering other college documents.  Stealing examinations, tests, quizzes, or scoring key for tests.  Removal of class exams or class assignment projects without instructor approval.  Altering graded work after it has been returned from the instructor and resubmitting without instructor knowledge or approval.  Having any other person or student submit academic work in your name.  Giving your academic work to another student to plagiarize.  Purposely sharing your paperwork with another student to copy for a test or an assignment especially when it is not a group project or group response to a test.  Taking a quiz or examination for another person.  Lying to an instructor or to a college official to improve your grade.  

These lists are merely illustrative of the types of conduct that will not be tolerated. They should in no sense be considered an exhaustive list of prohibited conduct. 

Consequences of academic dishonesty:  Academic sanctions and penalties may be applied in cases of academic dishonesty depending on the seriousness of the infraction and those grading guidelines specified by the instructor of the class. You may:  Receive a failing grade on a test, paper, or examination.  Have your course grade lowered or possibly fail the course.  In addition to these academic sanctions, disciplinary action may be taken in any case of academic dishonesty. As a violation of the Student Standards of Conduct at ARC, such action will be conducted by referral to the college Disciplinary Officer under the direction of the Vice President of Student Services. Disciplinary action may be imposed, individually or in various combinations on any student found to have violated the Standards of Conduct.