Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism
Academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism and cheating, will result in some form
of disciplinary action that may lead to suspension or expulsion under the rules of
the Student Code of Conduct. Cheating can take many forms including but not limited
to copying from another student on an examination, using improper forms of assistance,
or receiving unauthorized aid when preparing an independent item of work to be submitted
for a grade, be it in written, verbal or electronic form. Anyone who assists or conspires
to assist another in an act of plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty
may also be subject to disciplinary action.
Plagiarism is a particular type of academic dishonesty that involves taking the words,
phrases or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's own. This can include
using whole papers and paragraphs or even sentences or phrases. Plagiarized work may
also involve statistics, lab assignments, art work, graphics, photographs, computer
programs and other materials. The sources of plagiarized materials include but are
not limited to books, magazines, encyclopedias or journals; electronic retrieval sources
such as materials on the Internet; other individuals; or paper-writing services.
A student may be judged guilty of plagiarism if the student:
(a) Submits as one's own an assignment produced by another, in whole or in part.
(b) Submits the exact words of another, paraphrases the words of another or presents
assignments, art work, graphics, photographs, computer programs and other materials
the work to the source, suggesting that this work is the student's own.
Allegations of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty will be dealt with by the
appropriate academic department personnel. It is the policy of Nassau Community College
that, at the discretion of the faculty member, serious acts will be reported in writing
to the Office of the Dean of Students, where such records will be kept for a period
of five years beyond the student's last semester of attendance at the College. These
records will remain internal to the College and will not be used in any evaluation
made for an outside individual or agency unless there is a disciplinary action determined
by a formal ruling under the Student Code of Conduct, in which case only those records
pertaining to the disciplinary action may apply. A student whose alleged action is
reported to the Office of the Dean of Students will be notified by that office and
will have the right to submit a letter of denial or explanation.
The Dean will use his/her discretion in determining whether the alleged violation(s)
could warrant disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. In that case
the procedures governing the Code of Conduct will be initiated.