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Academic Integrity 4.407

I. Statement on Academic Integrity

ECC strives to foster an environment of respect for and achievement of the highest levels of academic integrity for all members of its academic community. Academic integrity and honesty are essential hallmarks of the institution's contributions to the great society and cannot be abridged without considerable harm to those who must rely upon the intellectual pursuits of the institution. 

The college has responsibilities to all those within its sphere of influence, both within the academic community itself and to the great society which supports its work. Institutional integrity can only be achieved through honesty, conscientiousness, and credibility of the members of the ECC community itself. To that end, all members of the ECC community are expected to comply with the college’s shared values.

II. Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following: cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, complicity, multiple submission, and misconduct in research.

III. Resolution – Instructor

When an instructor identifies an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall determine the appropriate sanctions for the particular offense. Sanctions may include a general warning, rewriting the paper/redoing the assignment, failing the assignment, failing the course, and/or participating in the non-credit Writing with Integrity course.

IV. Student Appeal Process. More»

V. Guidelines for Adjudication by Faculty Review Committee

Upon the creation of the committee and the selection of a chairperson, the committee shall set a date and time for a hearing. At the hearing, the student and complainant (the faculty member who brought the charges) shall present evidence to the committee. Once a decision has been reached, the committee will summarize its finding and provide a written recommendation to the vice president of teaching, learning, and student development within three days of the hearing. The vice president may accept or modify the recommendations and may determine additional sanctions or responses, as necessary.

VI. Sanctions

A.  Instructor Initiated Sanctions

  • Warning
  • Rewrite/Redo assignment
  • Failure on assignment or failure in course
  • Participation in non-credit Writing with Integrity tutorial

B. Administrative Sanctions

  • Disciplinary warning or probation
  • Participation in non-credit Writing with Integrity tutorial
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion