Oct 17, 2018  
Student Handbook (2018 - 2019) 
    
Student Handbook (2018 - 2019)

Academic Integrity Policy


The purpose of the Academic Integrity Policy is to ensure that students enrolled in all courses at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College complete the required coursework and go forth prepared to meet the next challenges in their academic progression or employment.  Sanctioning guidelines for this policy are based on a student’s academic career at Penn Highlands not a single semester.

The following information is provided as examples of actions that could violate the College’s Academic Integrity Policy.


Intentionally Presenting Inaccurate Information or Forging Documents

  • Changing or inventing results, data, or conclusions for any assignment.
  • Changing or making up information or quotations that are passed off as authentic for any assignment.
  • Forging College personnel’s signature or information on any academic document.

Plagiarism

  • Presenting the work of another as one’s own (not citing a source).
    • Using ideas from any source without providing proper citation of the source. Improper citation consists of excluding a source or misrepresenting a source.
    • Copying or presenting material word for word from any source without using quotation marks and the proper citation of the source.
    • Copying and/or altering a few words from a source, to avoid exact quotation, without providing the proper citation of the source.
    • Rewording (paraphrasing) an idea found in a source without providing the proper citation of the source.
  • Submitting a student’s own single piece of work multiple times without instructor permission.
    • Submitting the same paper or assignment during the same term to two instructors without both instructors’ permission.
    • Submitting a previously graded paper, assignment, or speech to a different instructor without the current instructor’s approval.

Cheating

  • Cheating on exams and assignments.
    • Copying answers from another person or submitting another person’s work as one’s own.
    • Collaborating on any assignment that is supposed to be done individually.
    • Submitting as one’s own any course assignment created by someone else.
    • Using any unauthorized resources during an exam or while completing assignments. Unauthorized resources include, but are not limited to, notes, electronic devices, solution manuals, Cliff’s Notes® or anything not permitted by the instructor or proctor.
    • Stealing, or having in one’s possession without permission, any exams, materials, or property belonging to faculty, staff, or another student.
    • Receiving the answers to exam questions or other assignments.
    • Having another person take an exam or a class for the enrolled student.
  • Aiding other students in cheating.
    • Doing another student’s assignment, excluding collaborative learning assignments or joint assignments approved by the instructor. Some examples may include, but are not limited to, doing a student’s assignment or writing or re-writing a major portion of a student’s assignment.
    • Giving a student answers to exam questions or to other assignments.
    • Taking an exam or a class for a student. 

Reporting Responsibility of Faculty

It is at the discretion of the faculty to determine whether an inappropriate action taken by a student in the completion of assignments and/or testing materials is the result of an honest mistake or a deliberate attempt to earn credit by cheating.  If the faculty member determines that the inappropriate action is the result of an honest mistake on the part of the student, then the faculty member takes corrective action, such as a lowered grade on the assignment, test, or quiz or may provide the student with an opportunity to repeat the assignment, test, or quiz.  The faculty member may also take this opportunity to educate the student on what constitutes a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

If the faculty member determines that an inappropriate action taken by a student is a deliberate attempt on the part of the student to earn credit by cheating, then it is the faculty member’s responsibility to file an incident report via the Incident Reporting Form found on the college’s website under About → Consumer Information → Health and Safety Information →Report a Concern.

The College will convene an Academic Integrity Review Team consisting of three academic affairs administrators. Once a report of an alleged academic integrity violation has been received, the Academic Integrity Review Team has three days to review the report and determine whether an infraction has been committed.  The review team has the right to review all relevant coursework, interview all witnesses, and utilize any electronic surveillance provided by the institution in order to ensure a fair and equitable ruling. Upon determining that an infraction has been committed, the College’s Administrative Conference Team (consisting of one student services officer and one security officer) will then notify the student and the faculty member involved and impose any and all sanctions.

FIRST OFFENSE:  The student receives a zero for the assignment, test, or quiz involved in the infraction; the student is suspended from the class until he/she has completed a counseling session through the Student Success Center, and is given both a verbal and written warning indicating what the penalty will be for a second offense.

SECOND OFFENSE SAME CLASS:  Should a student commit a second infraction in the same class, the penalty is an F grade for the class and notation of an Academic Integrity Violation will be placed on the official transcript and student record. The student is suspended from the class until he/she has completed a counseling session through the Student Success Center. Student also receives verbal and written warnings indicating what the penalty will be for a third offense.

SECOND OFFENSE DIFFERENT CLASS:  Should a student commit a second infraction in a different class from the first, then the penalty is a zero on the assignment and the student is suspended from the class in which the second offense occurred until he/she has completed a counseling session through the Student Success Center. Student also receives verbal and written warnings indicating what the penalty will be for a third offense.

THIRD OFFENSE:  Student receives an F grade for the class where the infraction occurred and is administratively withdrawn from all semester classes.  Student receives a W grade in all other classes and notation of an Academic Integrity Violation will be placed on the official transcript and noted in the student record. Student is expelled from classes for the remainder of the semester.  Student receives verbal and written warning indicating what the penalty will be for a fourth offense.

FOURTH OFFENSE:  Student receives an F grade for all enrolled classes in which an infraction has occurred and is administratively withdrawn from all other enrolled classes and assigned a W grade.  A notation of the Academic Integrity Violation will be placed on the official transcript and in the student record. The student is expelled from classes for the remainder of the semester and is suspended for one additional semester.  Semester suspensions will be served during the Fall or Spring semesters.   A student expelled during the Spring semester is not eligible to return to class until the next Spring semester.  A student expelled during the Fall semester may return to class during the summer term. Student receives both verbal and written warning indicating what the penalty will be for a fifth offense.

FIFTH OFFENSE:  Student receives an F grade for all enrolled classes in which an infraction has occurred and is administratively withdrawn from all other enrolled classes.  Student receives a W grade in all other classes and notation of an Academic Integrity Violation will be placed on the official transcript and noted in the student record.  The student is expelled from classes for the remainder of the semester and is also suspended for five years. 


Reports of Violation at the End of the Semester

Should an Academic Integrity Violation occur at the end of the semester and delay the grading of final tests, quizzes, presentations, or papers, the student will receive an RD (report delayed) grade for the course until the case is reviewed and a decision regarding the alleged violation is rendered.  All timelines with regard to this process and opportunities for appeal remain available to the student.


Appeals

An appeal to review a decision of the Academic Integrity Review Team or Administrative Conference will be granted if one or more of the three situations below are met:

  • That a procedural error occurred during the process (someone involved that should not have been, a timeline not met, substantiated bias).
  • New evidence that was previously unknown or unavailable.
  • Sanctions that step outside of the stated framework for sanctioning.

Student(s) and/or faculty who wish to appeal a decision made by the Academic Integrity Review Team must submit a request for appeal letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs within five business days of the decision of the Academic Integrity Review Team.  This appeal letter must specify which circumstances listed above are the basis for the appeal.  All appeals will be reviewed and ruled upon within five business days.

Should an appeal be granted, the case would be reviewed jointly by the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Student Services.


Upon Return to the College

A student who has been suspended from the College for disciplinary reasons involving violations of the Academic Integrity Policy who later returns to the College and repeats the classes impacted by disciplinary sanctions with satisfactory grades (C or better) will have the student record notations removed provided no further infraction of the Academic Integrity Policy occurs before completion of the student’s enrolled program. Any student who has been officially documented for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy will not be eligible for Academic Amnesty, Academic Forgiveness or graduation honors.