TCC Student Honor Code
TCC Student Honor Code: As part of the Tallahassee Community College family – students, faculty, and staff – I hereby commit to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty, personal integrity, and respect for myself and others as essential components of academic and personal growth.
When Cheating Occurs
For college faculty, one of the most stressful situations you may have to deal with is a case of student cheating and/or plagiarism. This guide will hopefully assist you to avoid that situation both in your classroom (exams and quizzes) and in class assignments. Check with your program chair or your division academic dean regarding specific procedures to follow regarding academic dishonesty.
TCC's Syllabus Template contains a statement on Academic Dishonesty that you should paste into your course syllabus. When reviewing your syllabus and course outline at the beginning of the semester, make clear your expectations for acceptable student conduct.
Should you find however, that despite your best efforts, a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, contact your program chair and/or dean as your division advises asap. TCC has clear guidelines for the Disciplinary process, Section 10, pages 76 - 79, Student Handbook, 2011 - 2012.
TCC Student Handbook & Planner, 2012 - 2013
Student Conduct Code
Section 1. Purpose [p.79]The Student Code of Conduct is intended to preserve academic integrity and the safety, health, welfare and well-being of the TCC community and its visitors, while creating learning opportunities and interventions which foster, promote and support the ethical and moral development of TCC students.(page 79)
- Section 2. Definitions [p.79]
- Section 3. Judicial Authority [p.80]
- Section 4. Jurisdiction [p.80]
Section 5. Offenses [p. 81]Disciplinary action may be initiated by TCC through the Student Judicial Office and sanctions imposed against any student or student organization found responsible for committing the following prohibited forms of conduct: (pages 80-82)
- A. Academic Dishonesty
Plagiarism refers to representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise without providing proper documentation of source. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying information word for word from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgement by way of footnote, endnote or inner-textual note.
- Paraphrasing or putting into one’s own words information from a source without providing proper acknowledgement/citation.
- Reproducing without proper citation, any other form of work of another person, such as a musical phrase, a proof, experimental data, laboratory report, graphics design or computer code.
Cheating refers to using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying from another student’s examination, research paper, case write-up, lab report, homework assignment, computer program or other academic assignment or exam.
- Possessing or using unauthorized notes, text or other aids during an examination, quiz or other assignment.
- Looking at someone else’s exam before or during an examination.
- Handing in the same paper for more than one course without the explicit permission of the instructors.
- Possessing or using an electronic device that contains unauthorized information for a test or assignment such as programming one’s computer or calculator to gain an unfair advantage.
- Soliciting, obtaining, possessing or providing to another person an examination or portions of an exam prior or subsequent to the administration of the exam.
- Talking, whispering or using a cell phone during an examination for the purpose of obtaining answers to questions.
- Unauthorized Collaboration
Unauthorized collaboration refers to working with other students without the instructor’s permission in the preparation and presentation of reports, laboratory reports, homework assignments, take-home exams, term papers, research projects, case studies or otherwise failing to abide by the instructor’s rules governing the academic exercise where the expectation is that the work to be completed is an individual and independent effort. Working in teams and collaborating with others in completing group projects and other assignments must be approved by the instructor.
- Academic Fabrication
Fabrication refers to the intentional and unauthorized falsification, misrepresentation or invention of any information, data or citation in any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Falsifying or altering the data collected in the conduct of research.
- Making up a source as a citation in an assignment or citing a source one did not use.
- Attempting to deceive the instructor or testing agency by creating, altering or resubmitting scores for assignments, tests, quizzes or placement exams.
- Stating an opinion as a scientifically proven fact.
- Academic Dishonesty Facilitation
Facilitation refers to intentionally or knowingly assisting any person in the commission of an academic integrity violation. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Allowing another student to copy one’s answers during an examination or other assignment.
- Giving another student one’s assignment or paper to copy or answers to a test or assignment.
- Taking an examination or completing assignment for another student.
- Inaccurately listing someone as co-author of a paper, case write-up, lab report or project that did not contribute.
- Academic Misrepresentation and Falsification
Misrepresentation refers to intentionally engaging in deceptive practices and misusing one’s relationship with the College to gain an unfair advantage in the admissions process, access to programs and facilities, employment opportunities and any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Arranging for another student to substitute for oneself during an examination session or in the completion of course work.
- Taking credit for work not done, such as taking credit for a group assignment without participating or contributing to the extent expected.
- Falsifying, misusing, omitting or tampering with official academic college information or documents in any form including written, oral or electronic including test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation or statements of purpose to gain initial or continued access to the College’s programs, facilities or of another agency or educational institution.
- Altering, changing, forging or misusing academic records or any official College form.
- Causing any false information to be presented at an academic proceeding or intentionally destroying evidence important to an academic proceeding.
- Reporting an academic integrity violation known to be false.
- Misrepresenting or falsifying class attendance for that of another student. This is includes signing an attendance sheet for a student who was not present in class.
- Academic Dishonest Acts
Some dishonest acts that undermine the fundamental values of a community of learners, which fall outside of the more specific academic integrity violations described above. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Purchasing a pre-written paper through a mail-order service.
- Selling or attempting to distribute educational materials, examinations, class notes or other academic assignments obtained from or for a TCC course or instructor for personal gain. This does not include the re-sale of text books.
- Selling, loaning or otherwise attempting to distribute educational materials, examinations, class notes or other academic assignments to others for the purpose of cheating, plagiarism or other academically dishonest acts.
- Intentionally missing an examination or assignment deadline to gain an unfair advantage.
- Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key.
- Infringing upon the right of other students to fair and equal access to any library materials and comparable or related academic resources.
- Attempting to prevent access by other users to the College’s computer system and its resources, to degrade its system performance, or to copy or destroy files or programs without consent.
- Offering bribes (e.g., monetary remuneration, gifts or favors) to any College official in exchange for special consideration, waiver of procedures or change of grade on an assignment or course.
- Violations of ethics and standards of practices in professional programs (i.e., Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.)