Memorandum #3 - Academic Integrity
Revised: March 3, 2012
Original Date of Issue: August 10, 1972
Revised: December 2, 1999
Statement of Academic Integrity
The Community College of Philadelphia is dedicated to fostering the intellectual and personal development of its students, and to promoting an environment that exemplifies the College’s core values, including Integrity, Academic Excellence, and a Commitment to Teaching and Learning.
Academic Integrity requires respect for and acknowledgement of the work and efforts of others. It is essential to a high level of teaching and learning. Academic integrity emphasizes fairness, honesty, and responsibility in all academic endeavors and communications, on the part of both faculty and students.
Rights and Responsibilities
- It is the responsibility of faculty to know and execute College policies regarding academic integrity in a fair and diligent manner.
- It is the responsibility of faculty to inform students of class expectations and assessment guidelines in a timely manner.
- It is the right of faculty to work within the College in an environment of discernible, structured guidelines of due process concerning matters of academic integrity.
- It is the right and responsibility of faculty to participate in a fair and equitable process concerning any allegations of violations of academic integrity.
- It is the responsibility of students to familiarize themselves with College and class policies regarding academic integrity, and to seek clarification if needed.
- It is the responsibility of students to comply with College and class policies regarding academic integrity.
- It is the right of students to be informed of any alleged violations and possible sanctions concerning academic integrity.
- It is the right of students to receive due process concerning alleged violations of academic integrity, including an appeal process.
Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity can include, but are not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is an intentional effort at deception or gaining of an unfair advantage in completing academic work. Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the work of another person and passing it off as one’s own. Any student who assists another in an activity that constitutes a violation of academic integrity is also responsible and accountable for such a violation.
The following list is not exhaustive, but includes some common examples of plagiarism and cheating:
- copying original ideas, images, words, or design elements and using them without proper citation or permission of the author
- creating a bibliography with fabricated sources or citing sources as references that were not used in the preparation of the report or essay
- deceiving the instructor to get more time for an assignment or examination
- hiring someone to write an essay or complete other assignments
- collaborating with classmates or others on an assignment when the class rules explain that only individual work is permitted
- using unauthorized electronic devices or software during an examination
- allowing other students to copy exam responses or homework assignment answers so that they can pass it off as their own work
Violations of academic integrity will open a student to disciplinary action.