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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is highly valued and is expected. Academic dishonesty is an extremely serious offense and is cause for disciplinary action. Students involved in cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, multiple submissions, abuse of academic materials, deception, misrepresentation, electronic dishonesty, and other types of academic dishonesty, including production of materials for other students, are ordinarily subject to dismissal from the course with a failing grade.

Situations involving academic dishonesty are dealt with by the instructor of the course in consultation with the department chair. A record of any verified instance of dishonesty is forwarded to the Academic Dean and is kept in the student's personal file. Whenever such filing occurs, the student involved is notified. (A student feeling he or she has been treated unfairly has the right of appeal through established grievance procedures.) A pattern of serious or habitual dishonesty is dealt with by the Academic Dean and may result in dismissal from the College.

Code of Academic Integrity

Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that the work one presents as one's own is one's own.

Students shall not violate the Code of Academic Integrity and shall avoid situations likely to compromise academic integrity. Students shall observe the provisions of the Code of Academic Integrity whether or not faculty members establish special rules of integrity for particular courses. Failure of faculty to prevent academic dishonesty does not excuse students from compliance with the Code. Those who engage in academic dishonesty diminish the quality and value of their education and bring discredit to the academic community.

Academic Integrity Reporting for Faculty

Faculty can report academic dishonesty through a form on Canvas.

Student FAQs

What does PUC consider academic dishonesty?
Academic dishonesty is carefully defined by the General Catalog in the Code of Academic Integrity on page 213. It includes:

  1. Cheating
  2. Fabrication
  3. Facilitating academic dishonesty
  4. Plagiarism
  5. Multiple submissions
  6. Abuse of academic materials
  7. Misrepresentation
  8. Electronic dishonesty

(Please see the catalog for more details.)

How can I avoid academic dishonesty?
Plan your life carefully to include sufficient time to study, to get help at the TLC, to sleep, and to check with your professor if you are in doubt. We are here to help-not to trick you. Remember that learning and growth is the purpose of your time here. Try not to let grades loom so large that they overshadow the ultimate goal. If you are experiencing a lot of stress, go to the Counseling Center. Get help!

What happens if I am accused of academic dishonesty?
Your instructor will speak with you about the incident. If she or he believes the incident is serious, your instructor will notify the chair of the department, and if they are both convinced that you acted dishonestly, the instructor will document the incident in writing and decide what disciplinary action to take. Even a first incident may result in a failing grade, for an assignment or for a class.

Next, this documentation will go on file in the office of the Academic Dean. In most cases, nothing further will happen unless another incident occurs. However, if a second incident occurs in any class, you are likely to receive an F in that class. If there is a third incident, you are likely to be suspended from PUC for one quarter. A fourth incident is likely to result in a permanent suspension.

You have a right to include a letter explaining the incident from your point of view when documentation is filed in the office of the Academic Dean. This letter will remain with the file. You should also know that these files are available to the Pre-professional Recommendations Committee and to any teacher who is asked for a recommendation. Evidence of a pattern of academic dishonesty will be taken very seriously.

How can I appeal?
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly or falsely accused, you may begin your appeal through the informal grievance procedure, outlined in the Student Handbook on pages 45-46.