Academic Honesty & Plagiarism

What Academic Honesty is, why it matters, and how to build your own academic integrity

Consequences of plagiarism

What to expect if you are accused of plagiarizing or cheating:

The following outlines the procedure for due process if accused of cheating or plagiarism.

After considering available information about possible violation of an academic rule:

(a) A college instructor, after meeting or attempting to meet with a student and upon written notice, may assign to the student a lower or failing grade for an individual project, test or paper or for the entire course;
(b) The student may meet with the division chair, who will work with the instructor and student on potential resolution(s);
(c) Followed by the dean of the division who may uphold or modify the instructor's action within limits.
(d) The vice-president for instruction (or designee), after consulting with the dean and meeting or attempting to meet with the student, may uphold or modify the instructor's decision. This is the final appeal of the process for a student to address academic dishonesty allegations.

Academic Dishonesty or Cheating may also be referred directly to Judicial Affairs.

Written notice of any academic discipline under this rule:

(a) shall be either delivered personally or mailed by first class mail to the student's last known address within 30 calendar days after the date of the student misconduct or the date the misconduct was discovered or should have been discovered and
(b) shall advise the student of his/her right to due process and appeal (as noted above ) under these procedures within twenty-one calendar days.

For more information see the link to Judicial Programs at the bottom of the page. You will also find the link to the GRC Rules of Student Conduct (WAC 132J-126).)