Academic Integrity

A Student's Responsibilities

All students who enroll at McLennan Community College are admitted with the expectation that they will demonstrate integrity in every aspect of their work both for and with other members of this academic community. Please read this information carefully. Once you matriculate, you have accepted responsibility for your actions.

How does the college define Academic Integrity?

The Center for Academic Integrity, defines Academic Integrity as a "commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility; from these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideas into action." Individual faculty members determine their class policies and behavioral expectations for students. Students who commit violations of academic integrity should expect serious consequences. Offenses will be tracked so that appropriate sanctions can be applied.

How serious are the consequences for Academic Dishonesty?

The professor's grading system is the first measure of consequence for a student who commits a breach of academic integrity. The grading system can be found in the course instructor plan for each class in which the student enrolls. Faculty members and/or their department chairs may require a meeting with students caught cheating, including plagiarizing, to discuss incidences of cheating and the penalty to be assigned in the course. Academic Integrity policy and procedures apply equally to all courses - whether on campus or online.

How are Cheating and Plagiarism defined?

The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the professor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the MCC faculty or staff.

The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

What happens to a student identified as having committed academic dishonesty?

If the student's offense rises to the level of invoking, within the course grading system, penalties of consequence, it is a reportable offense. Students who are caught cheating, including plagiarizing, will be subject to penalties specified in the course syllabus and, in addition, will be reported to Student Discipline for further tracking. Students who repeatedly commit acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary suspension from the college.

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion keeps a record of repeat offenders for the determination of future consequences.

For more information about issues of student discipline, including appeals, please refer to the Highlander Guide.