Academic Honesty

All students will be held to Fullerton College's policy on Academic Honesty. It is a policy that I take very seriously and I will pursue every means imaginable to hunt down, catch, stop and prosecute any academic dishonesty. Be aware that Internet search engines, with their ability to search the World Wide Web for specific phrases, have become a powerful weapon in the  fight against dishonesty. Also be aware that my background in writing and my work experience as a technical editor have trained me to remember what I read. If you are uncertain what constitutes academic dishonesty, please talk to me, post an anonymous message on the bulletin board or e-mail me.

The following is excerpted from page 25 of the 1998-99 Fullerton College Catalog. For complete information on Policies, Regulations, Student Rights and Procedures, please refer to the catalog.

Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades. Such standards are founded on the basic concepts of integrity and honesty. These include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  1. Students shall not plagiarize, which is defined as:

    A. stealing or passing off as one's own the ideas or worlds of another,

    B. using a creative production without crediting the source.

    The following cases constitute plagiarism:

  1. paraphrasing published material without acknowledging the source,

  2. making significant use of an idea or a particular arrangement of ideas, e.g. outlines

  3. writing a paper after consultation with persons who provide suitable ideas and incorporating these ideas into a paper without acknowledgement

  4. submitting under one's own name term papers or other reports which have been prepared by others.

  1. Students shall not cheat, which is defined as:

    A. using notes, aids or the help of other students on tests or exams in ways other than those expressly permitted by the instructor,

    B. misreporting or altering the data in laboratory or research projects involving the collection of data.

  2. Students shall not furnish materials or information in order to enable another student to plagiarize or cheat.

Instructors may deal with academic dishonesty in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Assign an appropriate academic penalty such as an oral reprimand (as in cases where there is reasonable doubt that the student knew that the action violated the standards of honesty); assign an "F" on all or part of a particular paper, project or exam (for example, where it was felt that is was a one-time occurrence); assign an "F" in the course (as in cases where the dishonesty was serious, premeditated or part of an ongoing scheme).

  2. Report to the appropriate administrators, with notification of same to the student(s), for disciplinary action by the College. Such a report will be accompanied by supporting evidence and documentation.