Academic Integrity Policy

Diablo Valley College is committed to creating an environment where student achievement is championed and celebrated. Because the college values academic integrity as an essential component of academic excellence, students are expected to be truthful and ethical in their academic work. Commitment to academic integrity is the responsibility of every student and faculty member at Diablo Valley College.

Faculty and students come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, giving rise to different understandings of moral and ethical behavior. Faculty should clearly state well-defined standards to reduce uncertainty and clarify expectations.

Academic dishonesty is defined as: an act of deception in which a student claims credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the DVC ‘Student Code of Conduct’ and will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty diminishes the quality of scholarship at Diablo Valley College and hurts the majority of students who conduct themselves honestly.

Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cheating
Unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, or the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials;

Tampering
Altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents;

Fabrication
Falsifying experimental data or results, inventing research or laboratory data or results for work not done, or falsely claiming sources not used; fabricating or falsifying documentation to try to change a course grade;

Plagiarism
Representing someone else's words, ideas, artistry, or data as one’s own, including copying another person ’s work (including published and unpublished material, and material from the Internet) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone’s else’s opinions and theories as one ’s own, or working jointly on a project, then submitting it as one’s own;

Assisting
Assisting another student in an act of academic dishonesty, such as taking a test or doing an assignment for someone else, changing someone’s grades or academic records, or inappropriately disturbing exams to other students.

Academic Integrity Policy and Report Form - approved by DVC Faculty Senate and DVC Leadership Council 2004 and revised 2011

Academic Integrity Policy and Report Form

Additional Resources and Links - Academic Dishonesty

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