5.24 – Academic Integrity

  1. Purpose
    To define standards of Academic Integrity, to establish the authority to address infractions of academic integrity, and to establish due process for students to respond to possible sanctions imposed due to policy violations.
  2. Policy
    The policy of this college shall be to promote and enforce a culture of academic integrity. Students are expected to behave as responsible members of the college community and to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of course work they submit.
  3. Procedures
    1. Academic Integrity Awareness
      1. In each course, students will be notified in the course syllabus about college policies and procedures regarding academic integrity. This notification will contain an explanation of academic integrity, student responsibilities related to academic integrity, and references to information about the consequences of academic integrity violations.
      2. Through their instruction of courses, OTC faculty will strive to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment and wisdom they need to participate meaningfully in society as educated adults, including the value of Academic Integrity.
    2. Authority to Address Academic Integrity Violations
      1. OTC delegates the following disciplinary authorities to faculty in responding to infractions of academic integrity:
        1. Requiring a reattempt at the assignment or assessment in question.
        2. Requiring the completion of an alternative assignment or assessment.
        3. Lowering the score on the assignment or assessment in question.
        4. Recording a “zero” for the assignment or assessment in question.
      2. Should a faculty wish to recommend a consequence other or beyond one of these, the appropriate Department Chair/Program Director, the Dean responsible for the division, the Dean of Students, and the Dean of the location (if appropriate) will assume responsibility for the process.
    3. Addressing Academic Integrity Violations
      1. Upon faculty determination that an academic integrity violation has occurred, the following procedures will be followed:
      2. The faculty will communicate with the student about the violation and the consequence. This communication will include all of the following:
        1. Notification of the charge
        2. Presentation of the evidence supporting the charge
        3. Notification of the consequences of the charge
        4. Information about the appeal process
        5. Opportunity for student to respond to the charge
    4. Imposing consequences beyond faculty authority
      1. In cases of flagrant academic integrity violations, the faculty will document the incident and their recommendation for consequences on an Academic Integrity Infraction Form. The faculty will submit the completed form, via OTC e-mail, to the student and the following college officials:
        1. The appropriate Department Chair or Program Director
        2. The appropriate Division Dean (and location Dean if appropriate)
        3. The Dean of Students
      2. If a student does not challenge the accusation and accepts the proposed sanction, the student signs the form electronically and returns it to the faculty via OTC e-mail. The faculty then forwards the signed copy to the appropriate college officials as designated above.
      3. If a student wishes to challenge the accusation or penalty, he or she must follow the procedure outlined in the Academic and Course Grade Appeal policy.
  4. Responsibilities
  5. Definitions
    1. Standards of Academic Integrity: Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on examinations, reports and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the faculty. Students are encouraged to contact their instructor about appropriate citation guidelines. Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions given by instructors or designated college representatives prior to taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes and evaluations. Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as specified by the faculty in the course syllabus.
    2. Violations of Academic Integrity: Actions constituting violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following:
        1. PLAGIARISM. The use of another’s words, ideas, data or product without appropriate acknowledgment, such as copying another’s work, presenting someone else’s opinions and theories as one’s own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one’s own.
        2. CHEATING. The use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids; an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent academic skills or knowledge; and, unauthorized copying or collaboration.
        3. FABRICATION. Intentional misrepresentation or invention of any information, such as falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
        4. COLLUSION. Assisting another to commit an act of academic dishonesty, such as paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, taking a test or doing an assignment for someone else, or allowing someone to do these things for one’s own benefit.
        5. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT. The intentional violation of college policies, such as tampering with grades, misrepresenting one’s identity or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a test or any information about the test.

      Some infractions of academic integrity may violate state or federal laws or professional codes and may carry serious legal consequences.

  6. Authority
    This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  7. Related Policies
    5.08 – Academic and Course Grade Appeal
  8. Implementation
    1. Purpose and Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 5/14/2018.
    2. Procedures, Responsibilities, Definitions, Authority and Related Policies sections approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 5/14/2018.