Student Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct

Board Policy 5500
Student Code of Academic Integrity

See below for Plagiarism detection resources.

Copper Mountain Community College District officials and faculty members have an obligation to the academic community and to their students to foster honesty in academic work by their students. The most effective way to promote academic integrity is to enhance the quality of intellectual life on campus. By encouraging critical thinking and actively engaging students in dialogue and discussion, faculty and staff members will create a climate in which academic dishonesty is unlikely to flourish. Student academic dishonesty is a serious offense at Copper Mountain College because it undermines the bonds of trust and honesty between members of the college community and defrauds those students who eventually depend upon our knowledge and integrity. Student academic dishonesty consists of the following:

  1. Cheating. Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  2. Fabrication. Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty. Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student to violate any provision of this code.
  4. Plagiarism. Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another person as one’s own in any academic exercise.  Plagiarism, from the Latin plagiarus (kidnapper), refers to the “unacknowledged” use of another person’s words, ideas, or information.  Rewriting, paraphrasing, summarizing, putting a passage into one’s own words without recognizing the original source are still plagiarism: credit must be given to the author or creator.

Plagiarism can carry serious consequences, resulting in course failure and/or expulsion. Please refer to the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” section of the Copper Mountain College Catalog.

The following are examples of plagiarism:

  1. Copying and pasting text from CD ROMS.
  2. Copying and pasting text from web sites.
  3. Transcribing text from printed material, such as books, magazines, encyclopedias or newspapers.
  4. Modifying or scanning any text.
  5. Replacing words in the text using a thesaurus.
  6. Using copyrights, trademarks, patents, speeches, and artistic creations without permission or acknowledgment.
  7. Using photographs, images, video, or audio without permission or acknowledgment.
  8. Using another student’s work and claiming it as your own (even with permission).

Translating texts from a foreign language does not constitute original work and falls under the guidelines for quotations, summaries, and paraphrasing.

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