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South Orange County Community College District actively promotes academic and institutional honesty. Academic dishonesty runs counter to a healthy intellectual environment, threatens the integrity and reputation of the institution, and tarnishes the educational opportunities offered. Students are members of the academic community, and are expected to be aware of, and comply with, this these administrative regulations, which prohibit acts of academic dishonesty. These regulations provides definitions pertaining to academic dishonesty and procedures for students, faculty and administrators to follow in addressing incidences of student academic dishonesty.

  1. Definitions

Acts of academic dishonesty are acts of falsification, plagiarism, cheating or fabrication which compromise the integrity of a grade for an assignment.

  1. Academic Dishonesty involves any conduct involving falsification, plagiarism or cheating in academic work, records or programs.
  2. Falsification involves any conduct in academic work, records or programs that is intended to deceive, including, but not limited to, the following acts:
    1. forging signatures on official documents such as admissions cards and financial aid applications, etc.
    2. changing or attempting to change official academic records without proper sanction.
    3. misrepresenting or falsifying successful completion prerequisites.
    4. providing false information, such as immigration materials, during the admission or matriculation process.
    5. falsifying one's identification or falsely using another's identification.
    6. logging in or otherwise gaining access to a computer, computer network or protected web site using the password or identity of another.
    7. citation of data or information not actually in the source indicated.
    8. listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic exercise.
    9. submission in a paper, lab report or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, of fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
    10. submitting as your own any academic exercises (e.g., written work, printing, sculpture, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another.
    11. taking a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for you.
  3. Plagiarism is any conduct in academic work or programs involving misrepresentation of someone else's words, ideas or data as one's original work, including, but not limited to, the following.
    1. intentionally representing as one's own work the work, words, ideas or arrangement of ideas, research, formulae, diagrams, statistics, evidence of another.
    2. taking sole credit for ideas and/or written work that resulted from a collaboration with others.
    3. paraphrasing or quoting material without citing the source in the text.
    4. submitting as one's own a copy of or the actual work of another person, either in part or in entirety, without appropriate citation (e.g., term‑paper mill or internet derived products).
    5. sharing computer files and programs or written papers and then submit individual copies of the results as one's own individual work.
    6. submitting substantially the same material in more than one course without prior authorization from each instructor involved.
    7. modifying another’s work and representing it as one’s own work.
  4. Cheating is the use of any unauthorized materials, or information in academic work, records or programs, the intentional failure express directives in academic work, records or programs, and/or assisting others to do the same including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. knowingly procuring, providing, or accepting unauthorized examination materials or study aids.
    2. completing, in part or in total, any examination or assignment for another person.
    3. knowingly allowing any examination or assignment to be completed, in part or in total, for himself or herself by another person (e.g., take‑home exams or on-line assignments which have been completed by someone other than the student).
    4. copying from another student's test, paper, lab report or other academic assignment.
    5. copying another student's test answers.
    6. copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student's assignment, homework lab reports, or computer programs and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one's own.
    7. using unauthorized sources of information such as crib sheets, answers stored in a calculator, or unauthorized electronic devices.
    8. storing answers in electric devices and allow other students to use the information without the consent of the instructor.
    9. employing aids excluded by the instructor in undertaking course work.
    10. looking at another student's exam during a test.
    11. using texts or other reference materials (including dictionaries) when not authorized to do so.
    12. knowingly gaining access to unauthorized data.
    13. altering graded class assignments or examinations and then resubmitting them for regarding or reconsideration without the knowledge and consent of the instructor.
  5. Students should consult their instructor if in doubt about the honesty of an action.
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