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Academic Dishonesty Policy

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on November 30, 2016.

Academic Dishonesty Policy

Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cheating on an examination;
  • Plagiarizing, that is the taking and passing off as one's own work the work of another without citing the source;
  • Creating/citing false or fictitious references or providing false data for a research project; Submitting work from another course unless receiving advance approval to do so by the instructor;
  • Stealing or possessing stolen examinations or course materials;
  • Posing as another person or allowing another person to pose as oneself;
  • Falsifying academic records;
  • Giving and/or receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to stated course rules. This includes use of complete or partial papers from Internet paper mills or other sources of non-original work with or without attribution.

If the instructor deems that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism, the student will be informed of his/her alleged violation(s) by his/her instructor either verbally or in writing, and a meeting will be arranged between the instructor and student to discuss the evidence and to afford the student an opportunity to respond to Student Code of Conduct charges.


If a student is found to be in violation of academic honesty/integrity, a decision will be made by the instructor, in conjunction with the Department and/or Division Chair as to an appropriate academic penalty.


The instructor may:

  • Require that the student repeat the assignment or the examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade for the assignment or examination;
  • Give the student a failing grade in the course and deny the student continued access to the class;
  • Initiate a written grievance with Judicial Affairs, within five (5) business days of the alleged incident.


If the penalty is reported to Judicial Affairs, then the penalty will be communicated to the student in writing within seven (7) business days of the original meeting and a copy of the decision will be sent to the Division Chair, the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Student Services.


If the accused student does not agree that he/she is in violation of the standard of academic honesty/integrity, and the academic penalty does not involve suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, he/she may appeal through the Appeal Process for Academic Sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. In cases where the academic penalty involves suspension or expulsion from academic programs of the College, a student may appeal through the Appeal Process for Suspensions or Expulsions from Academic Programs outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.