Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy

Number: 1.26 printable version Policy/Operational Procedure Name:
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy
(formerly Academic Honesty Policy)
Sponsor: Vice President, Student Learning and Instructional Services Custodian: Student Learning and Instructional Services
Effective Date(s):September 2016 Next Review Date: Spring 2017
Location: https://www.durhamtech.edu/policiesprocedures/academicintegrity.htm Citation: NA
Policy Statement: Durham Technical Community College upholds and enforces high standards of academic honesty and integrity both in and out of the classroom. The college establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs. The college recognizes plagiarism as a specific subset of academic dishonesty and follows a process for addressing plagiarism.
Definitions:
Academic integrity is the pursuit and presentation of learning and scholarship in an honest, transparent, and respectful way that values personal responsibility, original expression, and proper attribution. Academic dishonesty – a violation of academic integrity – is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper that includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class).

Academic dishonesty – a violation of academic integrity – is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper that includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class).

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:
  • Unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials on examinations or other academic exercises including:
    • Sharing information about an exam with a student who has not taken that exam;
    • Obtaining information about the contents of a test the student has not taken;
    • Unauthorized use of PDAs, programmable calculators, or other electronic storage devices;
    • Text messaging or other forms of communication during an exam;
  • Unauthorized or inappropriate file sharing and use of Internet and computer resources as specified in the Appropriate Use Policy;
  • Sharing your Durham Tech username/password with others, allowing them to log in as you, or logging in to college systems under another person’s username;
  • Having others complete coursework, write papers or take tests/quizzes for you, thus representing another’s work as your own;
  • Unauthorized use and/or possession of any academic material, such as tests, research papers, assignments, or similar materials.
  • Unauthorized use of translation software and assistance from native speakers or advanced-level students in foreign language classes.
  • Deliberate disregard for academic advising or other college guidance, specifically when it results in situations related to academic progression or financial aid eligibility.
Plagiarism, a specific subset of academic dishonesty, is the representation of another person’s work, words, thoughts, or ideas, as one’s own. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, copying material and using ideas from an article, book, unpublished paper, or the Internet without proper documentation of references or without properly enclosing quoted material in quotation marks. Plagiarism also includes sentences that follow an original source too closely, often created by simply substituting synonyms for another person’s words.

Procedure:
Student Violation Procedure
When a student is alleged to have committed an act of either academic dishonesty or plagiarism, as described above, the following procedure will be followed:
  1. Within five working days, the instructor will submit an online Academic Integrity Violation form, attaching documentation of the incident and including details of how and when the student was notified in writing. The form will be routed to the chair/program director and dean of the department where the course is housed and the Vice President for Student Learning and Instructional Services (hereafter “Vice President”). The Office of the Vice President will notify the instructor within three working days about any prior violations of academic integrity for that student.
  2. In the case of a first offense of academic dishonesty, the instructor will assign a grade of zero for the particular assignment. Students may not use the Student Grievance Procedure to challenge an individual assignment grade. However, if the student challenges the allegation of academic dishonesty, he or she will be directed to follow the Student Grievance Procedure.

    In the case of a first offense of plagiarism, the instructor will assign a grade of zero for the particular assignment. If the student challenges the allegation, he or she may talk with the instructor’s chair/program director, who will be the final arbiter of a first offense of plagiarism.
  3. If the case is a second offense of academic dishonesty or second offense of plagiarism — regardless of whether the second offense occurred in the same course/semester or in a different or subsequent course/semester — the Office of the Vice President will notify the student (and instruct him/her to stop attending class), instructor, program director, dean, and vice president (if the offense occurred in a division other than Student Learning and Instructional Services). The instructor will then assign a grade of F for the course and request that Instructional Technologies remove the student from the course Sakai site. Students who are removed from a class for academic dishonesty cannot receive a grade of W for the course. Students may use the Student Grievance Procedure to challenge the course grade. If the student appeals the second finding of academic dishonesty via the Student Grievance Procedure, the student shall be allowed to remain in the class until the appeal is resolved.
  4. If the case is a third offense of academic dishonesty or third offense of plagiarism, the Office of the Vice President will request that the student meet with the Vice President or designee within three working days of notification for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. If, upon review of the evidence, the Vice President deems the student to be not guilty of the act of dishonesty or plagiarism, the student will be allowed to resume class attendance immediately and allowed to make up any work missed due to the suspension. If the Vice President finds that the student has committed a third offense of academic dishonesty or plagiarism, a punishment for the student will be recommended to the college’s president. Punishment will normally include suspension from the college for a period of time that the president determines to be appropriate and ineligibility for scholarships. If a student is found guilty of an Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy violation and suspended from the college due to the violation, the student’s suspension will be recorded on the student’s official college record.
  5. Specific programs: Due to program and facility requirements for professional behavior in the workplace, a first instance of academic dishonesty or plagiarism in a clinical practicum or workplace setting shall be treated as equivalent to a third offense of academic dishonesty or plagiarism in the classroom. The student shall be referred to the Office of the Vice President for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. In the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy, where students are either hired or sponsored by a law enforcement agency, any instance of academic dishonesty or plagiarism will result in the law enforcement agency dismissing the student from employment or revoking sponsorship, which will result in the student’s dismissal from the BLET Academy.
  6. Students may appeal decisions concerning issues addressed by this policy, with the exception of documented plagiarism, through the Student Grievance Procedure.
Reports of Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy violations are kept on file in the office of the Vice President. Violations of the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy do not expire.

Employee Violation Procedure
Durham Tech upholds the same standards of academic integrity for faculty and staff as for students. Academic dishonesty is the participation or collaboration (active or passive) in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Academic dishonesty and plagiarism are considered “conduct unbecoming a member of the faculty or staff” and are addressed through the college’s Due Process Policy.

Resources
The Library maintains a LibGuide entitled Citation and Plagiarism Resources that contains definitions of plagiarism, citation guidelines, and links to online, interactive tutorials to help students understand plagiarism better. Faculty may use these resources with their students before and after academic honesty violations occur.
Purpose/Definitions: See above
Review Action Reviewed Approved
College Council or Committee 6/30/2016 (transferred), 8/26/2016 (LC) 8/26/2016
College-Wide and Legal Review 7/6-7/19/2016; 8/8-8/19/2016 NA
President’s Approval 9/2016 9/2016
Board of Trustees Review 9/2016 9/20/2016