All members of the College community are assured the right to work in an environment of academic honesty. This is especially crucial in an academic community that seeks to judge students fairly, on their own merits. Consequently, the College will rigorously uphold academic honesty, and instances of dishonesty will be punished.
At the beginning of each semester, each faculty member must inform students, in writing, of specific expectations and practices for each course. Academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the Campus Code of Conduct. Serious incidents may result in dismissal from the College or other disciplinary action. Decisions of a faculty member concerning incidents of unethical behavior may be appealed to the Department Head for the course, then to an appeal committee, and finally to the Dean of Academic Affairs.
A complete description of the formal academic dishonesty appeal process may be found in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Types of academic dishonesty, from plain "cheating" to unauthorized duplication of computer software, are listed. The Handbook is distributed to all students, faculty and staff in September of each academic year. Additional copies are available in the Office of Student Services.
Students are expected to maintain high ethical standards in their academic work. This means they shall neither give nor receive assistance during quizzes or examinations and shall present only their own work for graded assignments. To avoid plagiarism, students should prepare papers and other work according to the guidelines established by the English Department and included in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.