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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is fundamental to the educational mission of Weatherford College and the College expects its students to maintain high standards of personal and scholarly conduct. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. Any student who is demonstrated to have engaged in any of these activities will be subject to immediate disciplinary action in accordance with institutional procedures.

Examples of cheating, collusion, or plagiarism, include but are not limited to:

  1. Copying from another student’s test paper or devices.
  2. Using unauthorized materials during a test.
  3. Failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test.
  4. Possession of materials during a test which are not authorized by the person administering the test, such as class notes or other unauthorized aids. The presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test.
  5. Using, buying, stealing, transporting, selling or soliciting in whole or part items including, but not limited to, the contents of an un-administered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program.
  6. Collaborating with, seeking aid or receiving assistance from another student or individual during a test or in conjunction with other assignments without authority.
  7. Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who has taken or will take the examination without authority.
  8. Substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself in order to take a course, take a test or complete any course-related assignment.
  9. Paying or offering to pay money or other valuables or coercing another person to obtain items including, but not limited to, an un-administered test, test key, homework solution or computer program, or information about an un-administered test, test key, homework solution or computer program.
  10. Falsifying research data, laboratory reports and/or other academic work offered for credit.
  11. Taking, keeping, misplacing or damaging the property of the College, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained by such conduct.
  12. Possession at any time of current or previous test materials without the instructor’s permission.
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Clarification of Terminology

  • “Plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation of purchasing, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means, material that is attributable in whole, or in part, to another source including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one’s own academic work to instructors for credit.
  • “Collusion” includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit, or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on academic dishonesty.
  • “Falsifying academic records” includes, but is not limited to, altering or assisting in the altering of any official record of the College and/ or submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for, or related to, any academic record of the College. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the office of the Registrar.
  • “Misrepresenting facts” to the College or an agent of the College includes, but is not limited to, providing false grades or resumes, providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment to obtain an academic or financial benefit for oneself or another individual, or providing false or misleading information in an effort to injure another student academically or financially.
  • Faculty may request, through the department chair and appropriate instructional dean or campus director, that disciplinary action be considered at the administrative level.
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The appropriate instructional dean or campus director may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the student(s) and the College official who referred the matter. After the initial investigation, the instructional dean or campus director may issue one or more of the following:

  • Take no action.
  • Take administrative action to counsel, advice, or admonish the student.
  • Forward the grievance to an appropriate administrator/committee.
  • Take disciplinary action against the offending student ranging from warning to suspension or expulsion, The range includes:
  • Warning: A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
  • Probation: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulations during the probationary period.
  • Discretionary Sanctions: Re-writing paper, completing a substitute project or other classroom assignment, re-taking a test.
  • Grade of zero: Grade of zero on an assignment, project, test. (whole or portion)
  • Failure of the Course: A grade of “f” is recorded on the student’s transcript for the course.
  • Withdrawal: Withdrawal is administrative removal of a student from a class.
  • College Suspension: Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified such as a psychological examination by an approved professional.
  • Withdrawal: Withdrawal is administrative removal of a student from a class.
  • Expulsion: Permanent severance from Weatherford College.

NOTE:  In extreme cases information gathered during the investigation may be required to be reported to agencies within and/or outside the institution. examples include but are not limited to: Counseling, DHS, Law enforcement, clinical agencies and accrediting boards. individual departments and/or programs may create and enforce a more stringent version of the Academic integrity Policy as required by their discipline and as approved by the Weatherford College Board of Trustees. - Policy adopted, November 2003.

Appeals from disciplinary actions by the faculty may be made pursuant to the Student Due Process Procedure.

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