Academic Standing FAQs

1. What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is defined as honestly doing one's own academic work in compliance with assignment requirements and guidelines. Examples of academic dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, Internet plagiarism, obtaining an unfair advantage, falsification of records or any official documents, and misconduct on internships.

2. What constitutes cheating?

Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.

3. What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own.

4. What is Internet plagiarism?Internet plagiarism is plagiarism that includes the submission of downloaded term papers or parts of term papers as your own work, paraphrasing or copying information from the Internet without citing the source and includes other forms of “cutting and pasting.”

5. What is an unfair advantage?An unfair advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives you an unfair academic advantage over other students.

6. What constitutes falsification of records and official documents? Falsification of records and official documents includes forging signatures or authorization, providing false information on academic records or official documents such as grade reports, drop/add forms, ID cards or other college documents.

7. What behavior constitutes misconduct?

Misconduct on internships constitutes behavior which is inappropriate to a professional setting or in violation of the rules established by either the College or the internship site. Misconduct also includes non-compliance with local, state and federal laws while on internship.

8. What can be appealed? 

Grades assigned by teaching faculty can be appealed with appropriate documentation as outlined on the Academic Appeals Form.

9. What is the first step in an appeal?

The first step in the appeal process involves arranging to meet with a counselor to discuss the appeal and the process of submitting an appeal.

10. What happens after I submit an appeal?

After an appeal is submitted, the Appeals Subcommittee of Academic Standing reviews documents submitted with the appeal. After review, the Appeals Subcommittee reaches a decision about whether to grant or deny the appeal.

11. When will my grade change appear on my college records if I am granted an appeal?

If an appeal is granted, a change of grade will be registered with the Registrar and noted on your college transcript within 72 hours after a final decision is made. If the appeal is not granted, the original grade remains in effect.

 12. How will I be notified of final appeal decisions?

Notification of final decisions of the Appeals Subcommittee is issued by the Academic Appeals Subcommittee in a letter to you.

13. Who notifies me of sanction/penalties imposed for violation of academic integrity?

You are notified of sanctions/penalties for a violation of academic integrity by the Student Judiciary Officer.