The College is committed to creating a community that acts with honesty and forthrightness, holding ourselves to high academic and ethical standards, and treating with everyone in a respectful manner.
Academic honesty is essential to the intellectual health of a college and the ideals of education. Honesty and integrity are fundamental values that guide and inform us as individuals and as a community. Becker College expects students to be honest and to conduct themselves with integrity in all aspects of their relationship with the college. Examples of these are application, transfer evaluation, academic progress review, credit and non-credit bearing experiences, including regular course work, independent studies, internships, practica, student teaching, and interactions with faculty, staff, and students. Any form of dishonesty, academic or otherwise, adversely affects the educational function of the College and undermines the integrity of its programs.
Some actions cannot be tolerated because they seriously interfere with the basic purpose and processes of an academic community, or with the rights accorded other members of the community. By formulating a general code of ethics, rights, and responsibilities, the College reaffirms the principle of student freedom coupled with personal responsibility and accountability for individual action and the consequences of such action. The Academic Honesty Policy and the Student Conduct Policy parallel each other in dealing with issues both inside and outside the classroom and associated activities.
Students are not only members of the academic community but also members of the larger society. Thus they retain the rights, protection, guarantees, and responsibilities that are held by all citizens. A student is not immune to prosecution by local, state, or federal enforcement agencies, whether or not the College takes action on the violation.
Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, forgery, alteration of records, along with any lying, deceit, bribery, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain. Action against a student determined to have violated the academic honesty policy can range from a reduction of the grade on an assignment, through failure of a course, to suspension or even dismissal from the academic program, the department, or the College.
We desire to prevent the spread of behavior and practices that alone and in themselves appear tolerable, but when widespread or repeated may threaten to undermine the morale, trust, and good faith necessary in an academic community.
Commission of offenses such as willful neglect of proper requests, lying, broken promises, intentionally furnishing false information to a Becker official, and failure to present proper identification renders one accountable and liable for judgment or disciplinary action. A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be afforded due process through the College conduct process.
Other Student Conduct Issues
Acts such as but not limited to assault, battery, harassment (which would include sexual harassment), hazing, dangerous and/or binge drinking, substance abuse, stalking, rape, abuse, theft, damage, threat, injury, possession or use of firearms or explosives, fraud, blackmail, unfair discrimination, slander, impairing the well-being of another community member or self, suicidal gestures, or invasion of privacy render one liable for disciplinary action which is determined through the student conduct process.
Applicability of Policy
The student rights and responsibilities apply principally to conduct that occurs on College premises or at College-related activities or facilities including class sessions and all other educational activities. College premises mean all land, buildings, facilities, and other property owned or leased by Becker College. Off-campus conduct may also subject a student to disciplinary or other appropriate administrative action as outlined in the student code of conduct in the Student Handbook.
Individual faculty members may determine the sanctions to be imposed for violations of the standards described above in regards to their specific courses and publish them in their course syllabus. Faculty may not withdraw a student from a course for an academic integrity violation. Faculty wishing to issue a sanction beyond a warning or failing grade on the assignment must discuss the matter with the Chief Academic Officer before determining the sanction for the offense.
The faculty member is responsible for taking the action deemed appropriate in a timely manner, including communication with the registrar’s office where necessary and communicating the action along with the rationale to the student. Appeals related to these sanctions follow the academic appeals process. Regardless of faculty specified sanctions, or in the event the specific violation is not discussed, the college-wide policy still applies and sanctions may be imposed as described below. Violations of any of the standards within a specific course will be reported to the Chief Academic Officer or designee.
Sanctions for violations of any of the standards will be reported to the Chief Academic Officer or designee and may include one or more of the following. Faculty may not withdraw a student from a course for an academic integrity violation. Faculty who feel that a student should receive a sanction more severe than a warning or zero on the assignment should discuss the issue with the Chief Academic Officer before determining the sanctions for the offense.
- a written warning
- a zero on the indicated coursework
- a grade of F in the course
- suspension for one or more semesters
- dismissal from the College
- expulsion from the College
A second violation in any one course during the same semester will result in an immediate referral to the appropriate Dean or his/her designee.