Policy Statement on Academic Integrity


It shall be the policy of Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees that the college provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, judgment and wisdom they need to function in society as responsible citizens. Plagiarism, falsifying data, and other forms of academic dishonesty are inconsistent with the college’s goals and mission; Students are expected to pursue their education at Bay College with honor and integrity. In line with this college policy, any student found cheating, copying, or otherwise misrepresenting his/her performance, or any way gaining an unfair advantage over other students will be subject to disciplinary actions according to the Bay College Academic Integrity Procedures.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 

Policy

Bay College provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, judgment, and wisdom they need to function in society as responsible citizens. Plagiarism, falsifying data, and other forms of academic dishonesty are inconsistent with the college’s goals and mission. Students are expected to pursue their education at Bay College with honor and integrity.

  1. Forms of Academic Dishonesty:

    The following list contains definitions of the main categories of academic dishonesty. Students should work closely with individual instructors to keep informed about specific policies of a particular class.
    1. Plagiarism
      Students may not present the ideas or written works of others as their own.
       
    2. Dishonesty in Class Work
      • The work of another may not be submitted to meet the requirements of a course.
      • A paper may not be submitted to meet the requirements in two different courses without specific permission of both instructors.
      • A laboratory experiment or the report of an experiment may not be falsified.
         
    3. Dishonesty in Examinations
      • Notes, tests, or other memory aids may not be used during an examination; and students may not collaborate on examinations, unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
         
    4. Unauthorized Collaboration
      • A student may not prepare a report, paper, take-home exam, or other course assignments with the help of others unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
         
    5. Hampering or discrediting the academic work of others including, but not limited to, the following
      • Misusing, mutilating, hiding, or stealing library materials;
      • Altering or misusing computer programs or equipment;
      • Interfering with the rightful computer access of others;
      • Hiding or altering another student's work.
         
    6. Falsifying records
      • A student may not falsify any college records or forms or falsify signatures for the purpose of enhancing one's position, academic standing, or for financial gain. Records and forms include, but are not limited to applications, computer records, and registration forms.
         
    7. Inappropriate or illegal usage of Bay College computers and network
      • See the Acceptable Technology Use Policy for specifics.
         
  2. General Guidelines:

    Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the coursework they submit. The following guidelines will assist students in practicing academic integrity:
    1. Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on examinations, reports, and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the instructor. Students are encouraged to contact their instructor about appropriate citation guidelines.
       
    2. Students may benefit from working in groups. They may collaborate or cooperate with other students on graded assignments or examinations as directed by the instructor. 60 2014-2015 Bay College Catalog.
       
    3. Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions given by instructors or designated college representatives prior to taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, or evaluations.
       
    4. Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as specified by the instructor in the course syllabus.
       
  3. Responsibilities and Rights of Students:

    It is the responsibility of students to know the Academic Integrity Policy of Bay College and adhere to it. It is the responsibility of the student to be proactive in learning the academic policies associated with a specific course and a specific assignment. In the event of an interpersonal conflict with an instructor concerning the Academic Integrity Policy, students have the right of appeal to the Vice President for Instruction and Student Learning.
     
  4. IV. Responsibilities and Rights of Instructors:
    Academic integrity violations should be reported when the instructor issues the sanction. Sanctions for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy may not be issued without being reported.

    Procedure

    Upon discovery of a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the instructor should meet with the student to discuss the violation, issue an appropriate sanction, and complete the Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Report.
    1. Students may:
      • admit responsibility and accept the sanction,
      • admit responsibility, accept the sanction but request a hearing, or
      • deny responsibility, reject the sanction, and request a hearing.
         
    2. Personnel involved

      All Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Reports are forwarded to the Academic Dean and the Vice President of Student Services for review. Requests for hearings should include all supporting documentation.
       
    3. Hearings

      Students requesting a hearing will meet with the Academic Dean within ten (10) business days of completing the violation form. The Dean will determine whether academic sanctions are appropriate, and students will be notified of the Dean’s decision within ten (10) business days of the hearing.
       
    4. Appeals

      Students not satisfied with the Dean’s decision may appeal that decision to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within ten (10) business days of notification of the Dean’s decision. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will review all available material, render a decision, and notify the student within ten (10) business days. The decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs is final.

In addition to academic sanctions, students who violate the Academic Integrity Policy may also be found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and face conduct sanctions through the office of the Vice President of Student Services.
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