Faculty and Staff Resource Guide

Ensuring Academic Integrity

Ensuring Academic Integrity

Current college policies prohibit dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college. CRC’s recommended discipline process with regard to plagiarism and cheating is available at the Student Discipline Process. Course syllabi should reference the process.

  1. Faculty members have the right to choose whether or not to pursue suspected cases of plagiarism and cheating.
  2. When addressing plagiarism or cheating with reasonable evidence, the faculty member should notify the student of the concern.
  3. Faculty members may consult with the Vice President for Student Services when determining whether plagiarism or cheating has occurred.
  4. In situations where cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the faculty member is to determine consequences in compliance with board policy and regulations, which prohibit dropping a student from a course or failing a student for academic dishonesty. The consequences may be any of the following options:
    • giving the student a verbal or written warning
    • giving the student an additional assignment
    • giving the student a zero on the assignment
    • determining other appropriate consequences that comply with board policy and regulations
  5. In situations where cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the faculty notifies the student that a “Referral for Student Code of Conduct Violation” will be filed with the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
  6. Students have the right to grieve an action that they feel violates their student rights.
  7. The office of the Vice President for Student Services (VPSS) shall be responsible for maintaining records related to cheating, plagiarism, and student discipline.

Probation, suspension or expulsions are courses of action that may be determined by the Vice President for Student Services, in accordance with Los Rios Community College District policy.