Current and prospective students at Onondaga Community College are expected to adhere to the values of intellectual and academic honesty and integrity. Violations of academic honesty will not be tolerated.
Academic dishonesty describes a wide range of behaviors; the following is offered as a working definition. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:
Instructors may provide additional examples of activities more specific to their course and or discipline. * Adapted from: Bleeker, Karen C. To Be Honest: Championing Academic Integrity in Community Colleges. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Community Colleges, 2008. Used with the author’s permission.
When a faculty member wishes to impose a penalty for academic dishonesty, the faculty member initiates action by notifying the student(s), in writing, of the charges against them, the nature of the evidence supporting the charge, and of the penalties which apply. This notification should take place within one week of when the infraction is discovered. The faculty member must retain written documentation to substantiate the charges.
The student(s) may then, within one week, submit to the faculty member a written statement in their defense.
If the faculty member finds the student statement satisfactory, the charge is dropped and the matter is resolved.
If the student(s) offers no defense, or if the faculty member finds the student’s statement unsatisfactory, the faculty member imposes the penalty. A written report is then (no later than four weeks after discovery of the cheating/plagiarism) sent to:
If the chief academic officer or designee finds the academic dishonesty to be a part of a pattern of repeated offenses or complicity on a larger scale, they may initiate further action.
If , within two weeks of being notified of the imposed penalty, the student(s) disputes the facts constituting the evidence of the infraction, an appeal may be filed. The appeal is filed with the Chairperson of the department offering the course in which the dishonesty is alleged. (If the Chairperson is also the faculty member making the charge of academic dishonesty, another faculty member shall be assigned the duties of coordinating this appeal process.) The Chairperson will appoint an ad hoc Appeal Board, consisting of three faculty members. The Appeal Board will schedule a hearing at which both the student(s) and the faculty member will be present. Both the student(s) and the faculty member may be assisted by an advocate of their choice, and may call additional witnesses. The Appeal Board will review the facts of the case and hear testimony from both parties and any additional witnesses. Following the hearing, the Appeal Board will deliberate in private and render a decision to either uphold or reject the appeal. The Appeal Board will complete its investigation promptly and communicate its decision, in writing, to the faculty member and the same persons listed in the above section within three days after the hearing. This appeal process is confidential, and is to be completed no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the alleged cheating/plagiarism took place.
If either the student or the faculty member disputes the decision of the Appeal Board and has new evidence bearing on the case, they may submit an additional appeal to the Chief Academic Officer no later than one year after the alleged infraction took place. The decision of the Chief Academic Officer shall be considered final and binding on all parties.
Passed by the faculty in November, 2009.
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