Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I avoid academic dishonesty?
Prepare yourself to handle academic expectations by setting aside time to successfully complete assignments and prepare for tests, and by allotting time for other activities and responsibilities. Manage your time and responsibilities; do not let them manage you. Get familiar with College and departmental policies regarding academic dishonesty. Get to know your instructors. Ask them for extra help with confusing or easily misunderstood material or class expectations.
- What happens if I am reported for academic dishonesty?
Your instructor may notify the dean by sending a report form. The form includes a summary of the incident and your explanation or reaction to the accusations. It also informs us of the instructor’s action or recommendations for academic sanctions. Because it is a violation of student conduct regulations, a confidential conduct record will be created. Depending on the recommendation from the instructor, you may be contacted for an informal meeting.
- What if I do not think I cheated, plagiarized, assisted, or fabricated?
During the reporting process, you will be given an opportunity to explain your situation to your instructor and provide information you believe is important to be considered in the matter. If you disagree with the determination of responsibility, you may appeal the reported academic dishonesty through the student conduct process.
- What is considered disruptive behavior?
- Being late, reading the paper, sleeping in class
- Making noises, repeatedly interrupting
- Passing notes, answering cellphone, texting in class
- Harassing behavior, personal insults, inappropriate language
- Physical threats or actions
- Refusal to comply with faculty or staff direction
- Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom
- Demands for services unrelated to the unit
- Unwillingness to cooperate when a solution is being worked on
- What should NOT be considered disruptive behavior?
- Cultural differences
- Most disagreements or differences of opinion
- Situational frustration
- Needing extra time or attention for a special reason
- Distressed behavior
- What may be considered distressed behavior?
- Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
- Withdrawal from activities or friends
- Significant change in sleep or eating patterns
- Serious grade problems
- Excessive absences
- Perfectionism, procrastination, or excessive worrying
- Markedly changed patterns of interaction (avoiding participation or dominating discussion)
- Depressed mood
- Inability to communicate
- Loss of contact with reality
- Hostile, threatening, or violent behavior
- Suicidal thoughts or expressions of intention