Policy on Academic Integrity


Human Anatomy and Physiology (SCB-203, SCB-204) will be conducted in compliance with La Guardia Community College’s Academic Integrity Policy regarding cheating on examinations and quizzes.

If a student is suspected of academic misconduct or dishonesty (such as cheating, bribery or plagiarism) the instructor will complete the academic integrity complaint form. The following steps will then subsequently occur:


The faculty member meets with the student charged with the violation; shows him/her the completed Complaint Form, which indicates the faculty member’s sanction (either an “F” on the paper, quiz or exam involved: or an “F” in the course). The instructor asks the student to check one of the three options printed on the form. The student may select “I do not challenge the accusation and accept the sanctions” or “I challenge the accusation and wish for the matter to be referred to the Chief Adjudicator for further review” or “I do not wish to make any statement at this time and I am aware that the sanction will be upheld without further review for appeal after fifteen days of receipt of this notice”.


The form, with the evidence attached, is then signed by the student and by the faculty member and sent to the Chairperson of the department. The student should be advised that signing of the document is not considered an admission of guilt but only an understanding of the allegations and the possible sanctions filed against them.


A copy of the form is given to the student and the faculty member retains a copy for his/her files.


The Chairperson determines whether the matter has been resolved or not; checks the appropriate line on the complaint form; signs the form; files a copy, together with copies of the supporting evidence in the department’s files; and sends a copy with the supporting evidence to the Academic Integrity Officer (AIO) in C-317.


If the alleged violation is discovered after the class has met for the final time in the semester, the instructor notifies the student by e-mail and certified postal mail, requesting a meeting. If the student does not respond, that is so noted on the complaint form and the form with supporting documentation is sent to the department Chairperson, who also attempts to contact the student. If the student does not respond, the form and documents, including documentation of the attempts to contact the student are sent to the AIO.


If the student checks, “I do not wish to make any statement at this time,” or if the student refuses to sign the form at all, or if the student refuses to meet with the professor, the complaint form and attached documents are filed in the department and are sent to the AIO, who calls the student to a meeting and then determines an appropriate course of action, as described above. In cases in which the student fails to appear at the required meeting within one week of notification, the faculty sanction shall apply without benefit of student appeal.


The AIO functions in these processes as the representative of the Vice President of the Division of Student Affairs. The AIO promptly notifies the Chairperson of receipt of the complaint form, of the determination made by either the Academic Standing Committee or the Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee and of the inclusion of the student’s name in the division’s data base of students who admit violations or who are determined to be guilty of violations. The AIO will review the data base to identify repeat offenders and to impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions.


Finally, when the faculty sanction allows the student to complete work necessary for passing the course, the student is allowed to do so. When the faculty sanction is failure for the course and the student requests a hearing or chooses not to make a statement, the student remains in the course until the matter is resolved. If the matter is not resolved by the end of the term, the professor gives the student a grade that incorporates the proposed sanction, with the possibility of revision when the matter is resolved.