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Academic Integrity

The policy of this college (OTC Policy 5.24) shall be to promote and enforce a culture of academic integrity. Students are expected to behave as responsible members of the college community and to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of course work they submit.

What are OTC's Standards of Academic Integrity?

By policy, OTC defines our standards of Academic Integrity as follows:

  • Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on examinations, reports and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the faculty.
  • Students are encouraged to contact their instructor about appropriate citation guidelines.
  • Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions given by instructors or designated college representatives prior to taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes and evaluations.
  • Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as specified by the faculty in the course syllabus.

By policy, OTC defines actions constituting violations of academic integrity to include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. PLAGIARISM. The use of another’s words, ideas, data or product without appropriate acknowledgment, such as copying another’s work, presenting someone else’s opinions and theories as one’s own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one’s own.
  2. CHEATING. The use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids; an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent academic skills or knowledge; and, unauthorized copying or collaboration.
  3. FABRICATION. Intentional misrepresentation or invention of any information, such as falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
  4. COLLUSION. Assisting another to commit an act of academic dishonesty, such as paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, taking a test or doing an assignment for someone else, or allowing someone to do these things for one’s own benefit.
  5. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT. The intentional violation of college policies, such as tampering with grades, misrepresenting one’s identity or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a test or any information about the test.

 

 

Why is Academic Integrity Important at OTC?

Integrity is one of OTC’s Core Values.

We value integrity. Institutionally, the college operates according to the highest standards, as befitting the public trust placed in us by the community we serve. Academically, OTC promotes rigor and integrity in the classroom while fostering an environment respectful of academic freedom. The result for students is an intellectually challenging and diverse education, one that holds students to the same high standards modeled by OTC faculty and the institution itself.

taken from: Mission-Vision-Core Values 2018

What are my responsibilities as a faculty member?

By policy you must:

  • notify students in your course(s) through your course syllabus about college policies and procedures regarding academic integrity
  • through instruction of your course(s), strive to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgement, and wisdom they need to participate meaningfully in society as educated adults, including the value of Academic Integrity

What should I do if one of my students has committed an Academic Integrity infraction?

By policy you have the authority to:

  1. require a reattempt at the assignment or assessment in question
  2. require the completion of an alternative assignment or assessment
  3. lower the score on the assignment or assessment in question
  4. record a “zero” for the assignment or assessment in question

Should you wish to take one of the above actions you should:

  • communicate with your student about the violation and the consequence, this communication should include all of the following:
    • notification of the charge
    • presentation of the evidence supporting the charge
    • notification of the consequence of the charge
    • information about the appeal process
    • an opportunity for you student to respond to the charge

Should you wish to recommend a consequence other or beyond one of the above, you should complete an Academic_Integrity_Infraction_Form and send a completed copy to:

  • your student
  • your Department Chair/Program  Director
  • your Division or location Dean
  • and the Dean of Students

For more details on the next steps in the process please review items 3 & 4 in section C of Policy 5.24

Resources for engaging in a student-centered, teaching and learning approach to academic integrity

We encourage faculty to use infractions of Academic Integrity, when possible and appropriate, as learning experiences for our students.  Here are some resources you can use to ensure you are using a “growth” approach, rather than a “punitive” approach to Academic Integrity:

 

If you need help with ideas for designing effective assignments (which can make academic integrity infractions less likely) please reach out to our Instructional Design team or our Library staff – they are more than happy to help!

What are my responsibilities as a student?

As an OTC student you are expected to behave as a responsible member of the college community, and to be ethical and honest in your academic work. You assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the work you submit. You must submit only your own work on examinations, reports, and projects, unless otherwise permitted by your instructor.

What happens if I commit an academic integrity infraction?

If your instructor believes you have committed an academic integrity infraction, they will communicate with you.  That communication will include all of the following:

  • notification of the charge
  • presentation of the evidence supporting the charge
  • notification of the consequence of the charge
  • information about the appeal process
  • an opportunity for you student to respond to the charge

Your instructor(s) has the authority to:

  1. require you to reattempt at the assignment or assessment in question
  2. require you to complete of an alternative assignment or assessment
  3. lower you score on the assignment or assessment in question
  4. record a “zero” for the assignment or assessment in question

Should your instructor(s) believe a greater consequence is warranted, you will receive a copy of an Academic Integrity Infraction From in your communication from your instructor.  The appropriate Department Chair/Program Director, Division or Location Dean, and the Dean of Students will also be involved in the process at this point.

 

For more details on the next steps in the process please review items 3 & 4 in section C of Policy 5.24

What resources do I have to help me avoid making an academic integrity infraction?

The syllabus for each of your courses will contain information about college policies and procedures regarding academic integrity.  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with this information and – as always –  if you have a question about how you can best succeed in your course(s), your instructor(s) is your first and best point of contact!  Please just ask.

You can also get FREE help from several areas on campus with any questions you have about academic integrity in research, writing, using citations, etc.

last update: 3/13/2019 Academic Services

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