Academic Integrity Policy

The Academic Integrity Policy is intended to ensure that students enrolled in all courses at  Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, regardless of delivery mode (face-to-face, online, hybrid, video-conferencing, and independent studies), complete the required coursework and go forth prepared to meet the next challenges in their academic progression or employment.

Actions that may violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy include (but are not limited to):

  • Intentionally presenting inaccurate information and/or forging documents

  • Altering or inventing results, data, or conclusions for any assignment

  • Altering or making up information or quotations that are passed off as authentic for any assignment

  • Forging College personnel's signature or information on any academic document

  • Plagiarism

    • Presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., not citing a source)

    • Using ideas from any source without providing proper citation of the source

    • Improper citation consists of excluding a source or misrepresenting a source

    • Copying or presenting material word for word from any source without using quotation marks and the proper citation of the source

    • Copying and/or altering a few words from a source in order to avoid exact quotation, without providing the proper citation of the source

    • Rewording (i.e., paraphrasing) an idea found in a source without providing proper citation of the source

    • Submitting the same paper or assignment to fulfill separate course requirements, in either the same or different courses

    • Submitting a previously graded paper, assignment, or speech to a different instructor

  • Cheating

    • Copying answers from another person or submitting another person's work as one's own

    • Collaborating on any assignment that is intended to be completed individually

    • Submitting as one's own any course assignment created by someone else

    • Using any unauthorized resources while completing an exam, quiz, or assignment

      • Unauthorized resources include (but are not limited to):

        • Notes

        • Electronic devices

        • Solutions manuals

        • Cliff's Notes®

        • Anything not permitted by the instructor or proctor

  • Stealing (or having in one's possession without permission) any exams, materials, or property belonging to faculty, staff, or another student

  • Receiving the answers to exam questions or other assignments

  • Having another person take a class and/or exam for the enrolled student

  • Facilitating academic dishonesty (i.e., helping or attempting to help another to commit a dishonest academic act)

  • Doing another student's assignment (excluding collaborative learning assignments or joint assignments approved by the instructor)

    • Some examples may include (but are not limited to):

      • Completing a student's assignment

      • Writing (or re-writing) a major portion of a student's assignment

  • Giving a student answers to exam questions or other assignments

Violations

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy may result in one or more of the following sanctions:

  • Required education relating to academic integrity

  • Grade of "F" for the class where the infraction occurred and expulsion from that class for the remainder of the semester

  • Grade of "F" for the class where the infraction occurred and expulsion from all classes for the remainder of the semester

    • Student(s) will be administratively withdrawn from all other semester classes, receiving a grade of "W" for those classes

  • Suspension from the College

  • Permanent expulsion from the College

When a student is found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy by the Academic Integrity Review Team, an Academic Integrity Violation notation will appear on the student's official transcript and student record.

Any student found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy multiple times will be rendered ineligible for Academic Amnesty, Academic Forgiveness, and/or graduation honors for all classes/programs completed during their time at the College.