SLCC views education as critical to improving quality of life and is committed to providing learning opportunities that are accessible, affordable, and of the highest caliber. The college seeks to achieve its goals through an open, welcoming environment that supports student achievement and also encourages independence and maturity. Upon enrolling at SLCC, students are expected to become acquainted with college policies, requirements, procedures, and regulations, and to remain cognizant of them while enrolled.
Academic advisors, counselors, instructors, administrators, and others assist all students in becoming acquainted with college regulations, but students must assume final responsibility for understanding all college procedures. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation.
When changes are made between catalog publications, students are informed through the normal channels of communication. These include, but are not limited to, announcements made to students by instructors, college publications such as bulletin board posters, and general college mail, and email. Changes become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine.
An essential rule in every class of the College is that all work for which a student will receive a grade or credit be entirely his/her own or be properly documented to indicate sources. When a student does not follow this rule, s/he is dishonest and undermines the goals of the College. Cheating in any form, therefore, cannot be tolerated; and the responsibility rests with the student to know the acceptable methods and techniques for proper documentation of sources and to avoid cheating and/or plagiarism in all work submitted for credit, whether prepared in or out of class. Definitions of cheating and plagiarism:
Cheating in the context of academic matters is the term broadly used to describe all acts of dishonesty committed in the taking of tests or examinations and in the preparation of assignments. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, such practices as gaining help from another person, using crib notes when taking a test, relying on a calculator if such an aid has been forbidden, and preparing an assignment in consultation with another person when the instructor expects the work to be done independently. In other words, cheating occurs when a student makes use of any unauthorized aids or materials. Furthermore, any student who provides unauthorized assistance in academic work is also guilty of cheating.
Plagiarism is a specific type of cheating. It occurs when a student passes off as his/her own the ideas or words of another person, when s/he presents as a new and original idea or product anything which in fact is derived from an existing work, or when s/he makes use of any work or production already created by someone else without giving credit to the source. In short, plagiarism is the use of unacknowledged materials in the preparation of assignments. Thus, the student must take care to avoid plagiarism in research or term papers, art projects, science reports, laboratory experiments, and the like.
SLCC considers both cheating and plagiarism serious offenses. Penalties may include a grade of “zero” for the assignment in question, a reduction of grade in the course, an “F” in the course, or if the breach of academic integrity is egregious, dismissal from the College.
Students who receive Academic Sanctions for violating Academic Integrity may appeal the sanction using the Grade Review and Appeal procedure detailed elsewhere in this catalog only after the final Grade is awarded.