Mid-Plains Community College is committed to academic integrity and honesty. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, obtaining unauthorized materials from the internet, allowing others to write or compose your work; or using the work of other students, not citing the original sources, facilitating misconduct, and assisting others in actions that are related to these issues of academic dishonesty.
Penalties could include:
- May result in a lower or failing grade or score on the assignment or examination (instructor level).
- Additional work to provide evidence of the student’s academic performance and/or evidence that the student knows and understands the course material (instructor level).
- A lower or failing grade in the course (instructor level).
- Suspension or expulsion from the college (institutional level).
Further Definitions for Students
Plagiarism (presenting someone else’s work as your own) is unacceptable. Here are some definitions that will help you as a student understand what violates Academic Honesty.
- Cheating means getting unauthorized help on an assignment, quiz or examination; obtaining exam questions illegally before an exam, or tampering with an exam after it has been corrected (Davis, 1993).
- Plagiarism means submitting work as your own that is someone else’s; copying materials from a book or other source without acknowledging that the words or ideas are not your own (Davis, 1993).
- Fabrication: intentional or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise (Pavela, 1978).
- Facilitating: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to cheat (Pavela, 1978).
- Misrepresentation: providing false information to an instructor concerning an academic exercise (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).
- Failure to contribute to a collaborative project: involves not doing one’s fair share (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).
- Sabotage: consists of actions that prevent others from completing their work (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).