Students are expected to conform to the highest standards of academic honesty in all of their academic work at Johnson State College. Academic dishonesty in any form is prohibited and unacceptable. Acts of dishonesty for which a student may be disciplined include, but are not limited to, receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on an examination and plagiarizing the work of others in writing assignments. The American Heritage Dictionary defines plagiarism in the following way: "To steal or use (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own." Students are responsible for knowing what specific acts constitute plagiarism; if students are uncertain as to whether a particular act constitutes plagiarism, they should consult with their instructors before turning in assigned work.
Any faculty member who suspects that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty will bring this suspicion to the attention of the student and provide the student with an opportunity to respond. Should the faculty member subsequently determine that the student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she will assign a penalty for the offense, which may be a failing grade for the specific work submitted or a failing grade for the course. The faculty member will notify the student in writing of his/her decision, as well as the penalty associated with the act of academic dishonesty, and submit a copy of that letter to the Academic Dean's Office. The student may appeal the penalty in writing to the Academic Status Committee (for campus-based students) or the Academic Review Board (for EDP students). Upon receiving any such appeal, the Academic Status Committee/EDP Academic Review Board will consider evidence relative to the charge and determination, and will affirm, reverse, or modify the finding and/or penalty of the faculty member. Decisions of the Academic Status Committee/EDP Academic Review Board may be appealed, in writing, to the Academic Dean or his/her designee. The decision of the Academic Dean or his/her designee is final and may not be appealed to the President of the College. Records of all incidents of academic dishonesty will be maintained in the Academic Dean's Office. Repeated incidents of academic dishonesty will subject a student to dismissal from the College.