Academic Integrity

  • All coursework is essential to the integrity of the College and your credentials. Be mindful of your integrity as you prepare assignments and tests. Behaving in an immoral or unethical manner in the completion of your academic work is dishonest and jeopardizes your integrity, the integrity of the College and a violation of the SCC Student Code of Conduct. The core principles of integrity create a foundation for success in all of life’s endeavors. Integrity in academic settings is a fundamental component of success and growth in the classroom. It prepares students for personal and professional challenges as well as providing a blueprint for future fulfillment and success.

    Academic Dishonesty

    Examples of Academic Dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Plagiarism
    2. Intentionally or unintentionally presenting the ideas, words, information, or images of another as your own work by not properly citing the original sources. Allowing others to write or edit your work.
    3. Fabrication/Falsification
    4. Presenting altered or invented information as fact.
    5. Cheating
    6. Obtaining unauthorized materials or assistance for one’s own academic benefit. Examples:
      • copying work of other students;
      • falsely identifying the student presenting the work;
      • submitting work created for another class or purpose;
      • attending class or taking a test for another student.
    7. Facilitating Misconduct
    8. Assisting others in actions considered dishonest. Giving unauthorized help on tests, labs or homework.

    If you have a question about academic honesty, consult your instructor.

    What can students do to avoid dishonesty?

    • Allow adequate time to study and complete assignments.
    • Use available resources. Instructors, campus tutors, online tutoring services, and access to Turnitin.com (a plagiarism detection service) are available to help students prepare for exams and complete assignments.
    • Never assume that collaboration is permitted unless the instructor specifically indicates you may do so.
    • Read your Course Syllabus.
    • Request written directions for assignments.
    • Read the course grading practices and other documents provided by your instructor.
    • Read deadlines and policies on late work.
    • Retain all rough drafts, notes and graded work until final grade is posted.

    Consequences of Dishonesty

    Southeast Community College is committed to Academic Integrity and the value of your education. Faculty will report violations to Student Services and penalties can include the following dependent upon the total number of reports or severity of the act in accordance with protocols detailed in the SCC Student Code of Conduct:

    • Failure of the assignment or course
    • Disciplinary warning or probation notice
    • Suspension or expulsion

    Appeal Process

    Students have the right to appeal actions through the Student Code of Conduct Appeal process or the Academic Grievance Process. See the Campus Dean of Students for more information.