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Academic Integrity

A guide to help students understand academic integrity and avoid plagiarism.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity comic strip showing career failures from employees who cheated in school

(Source: Brigham Young University)

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is defined by DCCCD as "being ethical, honest and responsible about your work as a student." Students with academic integrity follow the ethical standards and policies of the college that not only further their educational achievements through attaining knowledge but facilitate a healthy, welcoming academic community for all.

Scholastic Dishonesty

What is Scholastic Dishonesty?

Scholastic dishonesty, also known as academic dishonesty or misconduct, is the defined by the DCCCD Student Code of Conduct as acting in an unethical, dishonest manner. It includes, but is not limited to:

  • cheating;
  • plagiarism;
  • falsifying or fabricating information;
  • misrepresentation;
  • facilitating scholastic dishonesty; and
  • collusion.

Potential Consequences

DCCCD takes acts of scholastic dishonesty very seriously. Students who commit these offenses could:

  • fail the assignment;
  • fail the course; and/or
  • be suspended or expelled from the college.

"But I Didn't Know..."

There is no excuse for academic dishonesty. All students who attend Eastfield College agree to abide by DCCCD policies and display academic integrity. It is up to students to not act in a manner that could be perceived as scholastic dishonesty nor is "I didn't know" an excuse for committing an infringement. If you have any questions, contact your professor or ask a librarian.

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