Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty


Student Code of Conduct

CALIMT requires all students to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity and to commit no acts of cheating, plagiarism, or falsification of records. Students are expected to utilize the courses for lawful purposes, respect the privacy of other students, respect the integrity of the computer system, respect the diversity of opinions, and maintain an environment free of harassment, stalking, threats, abuse, insults, or humiliation to the professor and members of the class. This includes, but is not limited to, demeaning written or oral comments of an ethnic, religious, sexist (or sexual orientation), or racist nature; and the unwanted sexual advances or intimidations by email, or on discussion boards, and abide by all rules and regulations published in the School catalog. Students who are not in compliance with the conduct policy are subject to conduct probation or withdrawal from the course/program at the discretion of the School administration.

Cheating

Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain academic credit by any dishonest or deceptive means.

Plagiarism

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) defines plagiarism as follows: “In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.” Academic life in American institutions is filled with complex rules, and a working knowledge of these rules is critically important; inadvertent mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism for the unacknowledged use of someone else’s words or ideas. A charge of plagiarism can have severe consequences, including expulsion from CALIMT. This section is designed to help students avoid accidental plagiarism. Since professors and administrators may not distinguish between deliberate and accidental plagiarism, the heart of avoiding plagiarism is by giving credit where it is due. Follow these guidelines when choosing whether to give credit or not:

Document when:

  1. Using or referring to somebody else’s words or ideas from a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, webpage, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium.
  2. Using information gained through interviewing another person.
  3. Copying the exact words or a “unique phrase” from somewhere.
  4. Reprinting any diagrams, illustrations, charts, and pictures.
  5. Using ideas that others have given you in conversations or by email.

There is no need to document when:

  1. Using your own experiences, your own observations, your own insights, your own thoughts, and/or your own conclusions about a subject.
  2. Using “common knowledge” – folklore, common sense observations, shared information within your field of study or cultural group.
  3. Compiling generally accepted facts.
  4. Writing up your own experimental results.

All submitted student assignments will be digitally scanned in MetaBoard for plagiarism.

Action Against Cheating & Plagiarism

One or more of the following actions are available to the professor who suspects a student has been cheating or plagiarizing. The choice of action is at the discretion of the professor.

  1. Review – no action
  2. Oral reprimand
  3. Requirement that the work be repeated
  4. Failing grade for the specific work in question
  5. Referral to the Program Chair of CALIMT for disciplinary action

Falsification of Records

Discovery of falsifying records is grounds for immediate dismissal and forfeiture of all financial payments and academic credits.

Student Verification

Each student is issued a unique username and password. These are required each time the student logs in to the School’s online learning management system to register for courses, participate in course discussions, complete assignments, and take exams.