Academic Integrity Policy & Reporting
The Academic Integrity reporting form is used to file reports of alleged academic misconduct for investigations and/or remediation through the Office of Student Conduct.
About This Policy
Students at Community College of Denver are expected to behave as responsible members of the college community and to be honest and ethical in their academic work. CCD strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment and critical thinking needed to function in society. To falsify or fabricate the results of one’s research; to present the words, ideas, data, or work of another as one’s own; or to cheat on an examination corrupts the essential process of higher education and is a disservice to the student, faculty, and staff community. All members of Community College of Denver's community share the responsibility and authority to challenge and report acts of academic dishonesty. Guidelines for Academic Integrity students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the coursework they submit.
For your convenience, information about what Academic Misconduct can look like, as well as the process for investigating and adjudicating Academic Misconduct, is below. The entire Academic Integrity Policy can also be found on CCD's catalog.
Guidelines for Academic Integrity
The following are guidelines to assist students in observing academic integrity:
- Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on examinations, reports, and projects; unless otherwise permitted by the instructor.
- Students are encouraged to contact their instructor about appropriate citation guidelines.
- Students may benefit from working in groups. However, students must not collaborate or cooperate with others on graded assignments, examinations, or other academic exercises unless clearly directed to do so by the instructor.
- 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 instructor in the course syllabus.
What is Academic Misconduct
There are multiple forms of Academic Misconduct, below are examples of behaviors that violate Academic Integrity. For the full policy please see the CCD Catalog :
Using or attempting to use aides or tools, without permission from the instructor. Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
- Copying from another’s assignment or exam.
- Receiving assistance on exams or assignments, without permission from the instructor.
- Using a cell phone, calculator, computer, or other materials; without permission from the instructor.
- Working with another student, without permission from the instructor
Representing the words or ideas of another as your own. The following are forms of plagiarism
- Word-for-word copying of another person’s ideas or words.
- Incorrectly quoting another person’s ideas or words.
- Adding some of your own words within copied parts of another’s work.
- Rewriting another’s work, but using the original author’s idea.
- Making up sources that are not real.
- Turning in another’s work with your name on it.
- Leaving out quotation marks.
Misuse of Academic Materials:
The misuse of academic materials includes, but is not limited to:
- Stealing or destroying college or library materials or equipment.
- Stealing or destroying another student’s notes.
- Getting help finding sources, without permission of the instructor.
- Having copies of old exams or answer keys.
- Altering or forging academic records.
- The sale or purchase of exams or assignments.
Complicity in Academic Dishonesty:
Knowing that someone else has cheated, plagiarized or done another type of academic misconduct; and not doing anything about it.
Creating fake information or citations.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:
Helping or attempting to help someone carry out cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.
Turning in the same assignment more than once, without permission of the instructor(s).
Academic Misconduct Procedure
Academic integrity is a foundational value of CCD. If there is an allegation of any academic misconduct, a report needs to be filed with the Office of Student Conduct as academic misconduct is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
When an incident of Academic Misconduct occurs, the faculty member has the autonomy to address the incident directly and immediately. This includes any grade implications. The faculty will then file an Academic Misconduct report with the Office of Student Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct will send out official communication, process the incident, investigate when necessary, and respond with appropriate institutional sanctions; including but not limited to probation, suspension, or expulsion; in addition to possible educational sanctions which will be added to a student’s conduct file.
When an incident of Academic Misconduct occurs outside of class or is reported after the fact, the Office of Student Conduct will investigate the situation. Once a finding has been determined, the Office of Student Conduct will relay information to the responsible faculty member for any academic grade determinations.
A student has a right to appeal all proceedings. Similar to the investigatory process, the student has a two-pronged appeal opportunity (grade and/or conduct sanctions).
In order to appeal the grade, the student must follow the Grade Appeal Process. All grade decisions by the supervising dean are final. If the student wants to appeal the institutional sanction(s), the student may appeal the conduct decision with the vice president of Enrollment Administration and Student Success or designee through the conduct appeal process. All conduct sanction appeal decisions by the vice president of Enrollment Administration and Student Success or designee are final. Information can be found at CCD.edu/StudentCode.