2024-2025 Catalog and Handbook 
    May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Handbook

Academic Integrity

Mountain Empire Community College students are expected to maintain academic integrity. Academic integrity in a college setting refers to the ethical principles and values that guide students, faculty, and the academic community in maintaining honesty, fairness, and trustworthiness in all aspects of their educational pursuits. It encompasses a range of behaviors and practices, including but not limited to:

  • Originality: Producing one’s work without plagiarism. Plagiarism involves using someone else’s ideas, words, or work without proper attribution or citation. Students are expected to submit their own, original work. Students will not utilize artificial intelligence (AI) or large language models to generate unauthorized work. Use of AI is only permissible in circumstances when it is a condition or requirement of an assignment.
  • Fairness: Treating all individuals with equity and respecting their right to learn and succeed without unfair advantages. This includes not cheating or helping others cheat. Cheating is engaging in dishonest actions to gain an unfair advantage in academic assessments, such as using unauthorized materials, information, or study aids on graded assignments. Instructors will take steps to prevent cheating in the classroom, which includes-but is not limited to-disallowing electronic devices as appropriate.
  • Respect for Intellectual Property: Treating educational materials and resources with care and respecting the rules, copyright law, and policies related to their use. Students may not reproduce or distribute materials and resources created by the college, course instructors, or fellow students without proper permission and attribution of credit.
  • Ethical Practices: Completing assignments and conducting research with integrity. Students may not fabricate or falsify assignments. Fabrication is creating false or misleading information, data, or citations in academic assignments or research.

All violations of academic integrity will be reported to Student Services. The first violation of academic integrity will result, at a minimum, in a grade of zero on the assignment, test, or project in question. Other potential consequences include course failure, course expulsion, academic suspension, or program/college expulsion. Individual instructors and college degree programs may institute their own guidelines and penalties for violating academic integrity.