Academic Integrity

Students shall practice academic integrity and are expected to do their own work. Students who intentionally or unintentionally:

  • represent someone else’s work or ideas as their own without citation (plagiarism)
  • utilize inappropriate or prohibited aids for an examination or graded assignment, including but not limited to other's answers, notes, phone or other electronic devices, test files, etc.
  • obtain inappropriate or prohibited materials before an examination or graded assignment, including but not limited to test questions, test answers, instructor files, etc. (cheating)

are subject to disciplinary action. The penalty for a first offense may include failure of the assignment. A second offense may result in a conduct hearing with possible outcomes including failure of the course, academic dismissal, and a mark on the student’s academic record.

Students may challenge an instructor’s accusation of academic integrity by submitting a formal student complaint form. These forms are available online via the KCC website or in the lobby of Founders Hall. First-time academic integrity complaints will be decided upon by the vice president of academic affairs. Should the vice president of academic affairs or the student desire to further pursue the matter, either may refer the incident to the conduct process for a hearing with the possibility of college suspension and/or expulsion. Second violations of the academic integrity policy are generally forwarded to the KCC student conduct process.

Special notes regarding plagiarism - Students shall not hand in work from another class (previous or concurrent) without explicit instructor permission from both classes. Instructors will submit a selection of papers each term for an internal/external review in order to provide analysis and information on potential student plagiarism.