Academic Honesty

As a member of Rappahannock Community College’s student body, you are held to the highest standard of honor and integrity. The College considers you a responsible adult and, therefore, requires you to accept the full weight and consequence of that status. Acting in accordance with the principles of academic integrity is a responsibility you hold not only to the College and your fellow students, but also to your conscience and yourself.

Academic dishonesty is not condoned. All students must do their own work; cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty can result in failing grades or other penalties, including suspension or dismissal following College judiciary procedures. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, one of the following acts:

  • Cheating on an examination or quiz, including giving, receiving, or soliciting information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during an examination or quiz taken on campus, at home, or at an approved testing center.
  • Buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material.
  • Substitution for another person during an examination or allowing another person to take your place.

Plagiarizing the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work without proper citation. There are three types of plagiarism as listed in Donald A. Sears’ book Harbrace Guide to the Library and Research Paper, 3rd Edition (New York: Harcourt, 1972, p. 45). They are:

  • Word-for-word plagiarism: The submission of the work of another source without proper acknowledgment of that source by footnote, bibliography or reference in the paper.
  • Patchwork plagiarism: Submitting a work that is stitched together from a variety of sources that does not indicate direct quotes or acknowledgment of those sources.
  • Unacknowledged paraphrase: Restatement or rewording of another author’s original thought or idea must be acknowledged. Restatement by means of paraphrase does not remove the necessity of giving credit to original sources.
  • Collaboration with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit without approval from the instructor.
  • Furnishing false information to the College including, but not limited to, forgery, alteration or use of College documents, or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
  • Knowingly witnessing any forms of cheating and not reporting it to a professor, school official, or testing center personnel.

  • Last modified on 05-03-2017