ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
Students at Contra Costa College are expected to perform
honestly and ethically in completing homework and class assignments.
Students who are dishonest in the performance of
classwork will be subject to disciplinary action. Students accused
of being dishonest have the right to request a hearing by
contacting the College President’s Office.
To assist students to understand what behavior is considered
dishonest and unethical, the following definitions are provided.
Plagiarism: Although difficult to define, plagiarism consists
of taking the words or specific substance of another, and either
copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit to the
source. The following examples are only some of the many
forms plagiarism may take.
1. Submitting a term paper, examination or other work written
by someone else. This is a flagrant instance of plagiarism.
2. Failure to give credit in a footnote for ideas, statements of
fact, or conclusions derived by another.
3. Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from
another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence or even a
4. Close and extended paraphrasing of another.
Cheating: Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information
from another student or student’s paper on an in-class examination;
altering a graded work after it has been returned, then
submitting the work for re-grading; and allowing another person
to do one’s work and to submit the work under one’s own name.
Fabrication: Presenting data in a piece of work which were not
gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate
methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include
a substantially accurate account of the method by which the
data were generated or collected.
Aiding and abetting dishonesty: Providing material or information
to another person with knowledge that these materials
or information will be used improperly.
Forgery, alteration or misuse of campus documents, records,
or identification or knowingly furnishing false or incomplete
information to a campus: Altering documents affecting academic
records; forging a signature of authorization or falsifying
information on an official academic document, election form,
grade report, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed
to meet or exempt a student from an established College
Disciplinary Actions, Academic Dishonesty
If a student is found guilty of dishonest or unethical behavior in
the completion of homework, class assignments, or exams he
or she is subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may
be mild or severe, ranging from a verbal or written reprimand, to
probation, a grade of “F” or no credit on the homework, class assignment,
or exam, to suspension, expulsion or dismissal from a
course or from the College.
Hearing Procedures (Due Process)
A student who is disciplined because of dishonest behavior may
request a hearing with the President and/or designees for a review
of the facts of the matter and to present his or her perspective.
The student must call or write the Contra Costa College
President requesting a hearing within 10 days of notification of