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Academic Integrity

Green Mountain College expects all members of its community to conduct themselves with honor and integrity. All members of the community are encouraged to assist the College by reporting suspected violations of academic integrity to appropriate administrators, faculty, or staff. Behavior that is detrimental to the College’s role as an educational institution is not acceptable and requires attention by all citizens of its community. To minimize academic dishonesty, both students and instructors should take all necessary measures to prevent its occurrence.

Students have an obligation to themselves and to their fellow students to uphold the integrity of their institution and of higher learning itself by:
1. Refusing to participate, either directly or indirectly, in acts of dishonesty, and
2. Discouraging such acts by others.
One who collaborates with another in an act of dishonesty shares the guilt of the offense.

The Faculty have a responsibility to assist in protecting the integrity of the degrees which the College grants by:
1. Informing students of the cheating/plagiarism policy and of any specific interpretation of that policy particular to a given course, and
2. Making every effort to ensure that work submitted by students honestly represents their own efforts.

Cheating, in all of its manifestations, is a dishonest activity and contrary to the basic goals of learning. Students must be fully aware of what constitutes academic dishonesty; claims of ignorance, of unintentional error, or of academic or personal pressures cannot be used to justify or rationalize dishonest acts.

Each instructor has the authority and responsibility of determining the assessment of penalties for academic dishonesty within the context of their course. If a breach of conduct is particularly serious it may warrant action beyond the context of the course in which case an instructor may refer the case to the Student Judicial Board. In all cases, faculty should report the incident to the Dean of Faculty for recording and possible action.

The following is a list of the types of behaviors that are defined as examples of academic dishonesty and are therefore unacceptable. Attempts to commit such acts also fall under the term academic dishonesty and are also subject to penalty. No set of guidelines can, of course, define all possible types or degrees of academic dishonesty; thus, the following descriptions should be understood as examples of infractions rather than an exhaustive list.

The following acts constitute prohibited conduct:
Presenting as one’s own work the work of another person (e.g., the words, ideas, information, data, evidence, organizing principles or style of presentation of someone else). Plagiarism includes paraphrasing or summarizing without acknowledgement, submission of another’s work as one’s own, the purchase of prepared research or completed papers or projects, and the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else. Failure to indicate accurately the extent and precise nature of one’s reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. The student is responsible for understanding the consequences for violating College regulations.

Examples of plagiarism include: failure to acknowledge the source(s) of even a few phrases, sentences or paragraphs; failure to acknowledge the source(s) (quoted, paraphrased or summarized) of major sections of passages in the paper or project; failure to acknowledge the source(s) of a major idea or the source(s) for an ordering principle central to the paper’s or project’s structure. In the preparation of research papers, reports, essays, compositions and speeches, students will generally utilize information gained from others. It is absolutely necessary to acknowledge these resources.

Cheating on examinations
Giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after and examination. Examples of unauthorized help include collaboration of any sort during an examination (unless specifically approved by the instructor); collaboration before an examination (when such collaboration is specifically forbidden by the instructor); the use of notes, books, or other aids during an examination (unless permitted by the instructor); arranging for another person to take an examination in one’s place; looking upon someone else’s examination during the examination period; intentionally allowing another student to look upon one’s exam; the unauthorized discussing of test items during the examination period; and the passing of any examination information to students who have not yet taken the examination. No conversation should occur while an examination is in progress unless specifically authorized by the instructor.

Multiple Submission
Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once, without prior explicit consent of the instructor(s) to whom the material is being (or has in the past been) submitted.

Imitating another person’s signature on academic or other official documents (e.g., the signing of an adviser’s name to a registration form).

Destroying, damaging, or stealing another’s work or working materials (including lab experiments, computer programs, term papers, or projects).

Unauthorized Collaboration
Collaborating on projects, papers, or other academic exercise if regarded as inappropriate by the instructor(s). Although the usual faculty assumption is that work submitted for credit is entirely one’s own, standards on appropriate and inappropriate collaboration vary widely among individual faculty and different disciplines. Students who want to confer or collaborate with one another on work receiving academic credit should make certain of the instructor’s expectations and standards.

Misrepresenting material or fabricating information in an academic exercise or assignment (e.g., the false or misleading citation of courses, the falsification of experimental or computer data, etc.).

Offering or giving any article of value or service to an instructor or College staff member in an attempt to receive a grade or other benefits not legitimately earned or not available to other students in the class.

Theft, Damage or Misuse of Library or computer Resources
Removing uncharged library materials from the library, defacing or damaging materials, intentionally displacing or hoarding materials within the library for one’s unauthorized private use, or other abuse of reserve-book privileges; using the College or another person’s computer accounts, codes, passwords, or facilities without authorization; damaging computer equipment; or interfering with the College’s computer operating system.

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