Bakersfield College

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Academic Integrity

Bakersfield College students are expected to behave as responsible members of the College community and to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Bakersfield College strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment, and wisdom they need to function in society as educated adults. To falsify or fabricate the results of one’s research; to present the words, ideas, data, or work of another as one’s own; or to cheat on an examination, project, and/or course assignments corrupts the essential process of higher education. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the coursework they submit.

An instructor who determines that a student has cheated or plagiarized has the right to assign an “F” grade for the assignment or examination.

However, each College may impose additional penalties as appropriate to their respective College discipline procedures.


Quoted from the Regulation at Cal State University, Long Beach, as printed in the its General Catalog dated 1990-91, page 56.

Definition of Plagiarism (Board Policy 4F8D)

  • Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were ones own, without giving credit to the source.
  • Such an act is not plagiarism if it is ascertained that the ideas were arrived at through independent reasoning or logic or where the thought or idea is common knowledge.
  • Acknowledgement of an original author or source must be made through appropriate references, i.e., quotation marks, footnotes, or commentary.
  • Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • the submission of a work, whether in part or in whole, completed by another;
    • failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which rightfully belong to another;
    • in written work, failure to use quotations marks when quoting directly from another, whether it is a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof; close and lengthy paraphrasing of another’s writing or programming.
  • A student who is in doubt about the extent of acceptable paraphrasing should consult the instructor.
  • Students are cautioned that, in conducting their research, they should prepare their notes by (a) either quoting material exactly (using quotation marks) at the time they take notes from a source; or (b) departing completely from the language used in the source, putting the material into their own words. In this way, when the material is used in the paper or project, the student can avoid plagiarism resulting from verbatim use of notes. Both quoted and paraphrased materials must be given proper citations.

Definition of Cheating (Board Policy 4F8D)

  • Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining, or attempting to obtain, or aiding another to obtain academic credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.
  • Examples of cheating during an examination include, but are not limited to, the following: copying, either in part or in whole, from another’s test or examination; discussion of answers or ideas relating to the answers on a examination or test unless such discussion is specifically authorized by the instructor; giving or receiving copies of an examination without the permission of the instructor; using or displaying notes, “cheat sheets,” or other information or devices inappropriate to the prescribed test conditions, as when a test of competence includes a test of unassisted recall of information, skill, or procedure; allowing someone other than the officially enrolled student to represent the same.
  • Also included is plagiarism as defined and altering or interfering with the grading procedures.
  • It is often appropriate for students to study together or to work in teams on projects. However, such students should be careful to avoid the use of unauthorized assistance, and to avoid any implication of cheating, by such means as sitting apart from one another in examinations, presenting the work in a manner, which clearly indicates the effort of each individual, or such other method as is appropriate to the particular course.

Disciplinary Procedures

Procedural due process is basic to the enforcement of the College’s policies and regulations. The Board of Trustees has established procedures for handling student conduct cases in accordance with basic standards of due process. Any breach of student conduct may be reported to the Dean of Students. The official policies of the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees stipulate that Bakersfield College students have certain rights and privileges, along with certain obligations.

To correct unacceptable student conduct, Bakersfield College staff believes disciplinary proceedings are secondary to counseling and admonition. In the exceptional circumstances when discipline is deemed necessary, the College will observe due process to protect the student from unfair and arbitrary imposition of serious penalties.

The College attempts to be fair in the handling of student conduct cases. The procedures outlined in this handbook represent the steps employed to reach a resolution in cases of alleged misconduct.

Questions concerning these procedures may be addressed to the Office of the Dean of Students.

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