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A. Standards Relative to Academic Integrity
Purchase College believes that academic integrity is fundamental to the teaching, learning, and creative processes. Ethical behavior is the cornerstone of an academic and artistic community. Faculty members and professional staff are held equally to this standard in their work.  Allegations of violations are handled through procedures outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.  All forms of academic dishonesty are considered serious violations of the student code of conduct. The following is a list of some, but not all, types of prohibited behavior.

1.  Cheating on examinations and assignments including:

  • Copying from another student
  • Allowing another student to copy from you
  • Using or attempting to use study aids, devices, “cheat sheets,” or other materials not expressly authorized by the professor
  • Unauthorized collaboration with another individual on take-home assignments or examinations
  • Buying, acquiring without permission, or selling copies of an examination.
  • It is the student's responsibility to clarify with the professor what constitutes acceptable use of test aides or collaboration.

2.  Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the appropriation or imitation of the language, ideas, and/or thoughts of another person and the representation of them as one’s own original work. It includes:

  • Buying or downloading papers or works and submitting them as one's own.
  • Copying sections of books or articles in one's paper without proper citation.
  • Representing another's ideas or work as one's own, even with permission.
  • "Copying and pasting" from online sources without proper citation.
  • Failing to properly cite quotations or ideas taken from external sources
  • Using false citations or fabricating sources.
  • Receiving unauthorized assistance from another person on a written or creative project.
  • Self-plagiarism—submitting the same work for more than one course without permission of the instructor.
  • Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the definition of plagiarism and the acceptable methods of attribution.

3.  Submitting falsified data on lab work or research projects.

4.  Giving or offering gifts, services, or favors to professors for the purpose of affecting grades.

5.  Stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of another student.

Violation of any of the above may lead to formal disciplinary action and assignment of the following sanctions:
Minimum Sanction: Failing grade on the assignment or examination
Maximum Sanction: Expulsion
Recommended Sanction (First Offense): Permanent failing grade for the course
Recommended Sanction (Second Offense): Expulsion

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