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Bakersfield College

Academic Integrity

Complete the Academic Integrity Reporting Intake Form

Bakersfield College has the responsibility to ensure that grades assigned are indicative of the knowledge and skill level of each student. Acts of academic dishonesty make it impossible to fulfill this responsibility, and they weaken our society. Faculty, students, administrators, and classified staff share responsibility for ensuring academic honesty in our college community and will make a concerted effort to fulfill the following responsibilities.

Any test, paper, or assignment submitted and that bears BC students' name is presumed to be the own original work that has not previously been submitted for credit in another course unless you obtain prior written approval to do so from the instructor.

In all of the assignments, including homework, drafts of papers or oral presentations, students may use words or ideas written by other individuals in publications, websites, or other sources, but only with proper citation. As a general rule, if citing from a published source or from a website and the quotation is short (up to a sentence or two) place it in quotation marks; if a longer passage from a publication or website, please indent it and use single spacing. In both cases, be sure to cite the original source in a footnote, parentheses or oral citation. If a student is not clear about the expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or examination, be sure to seek clarification from the instructor beforehand.

In all of the assignments, including homework or drafts of papers, students may use words or ideas written by other individuals in publications, web sites, or other sources, but only with proper citation. As a general rule, if citing from a published source or from a web site and the quotation is short (up to a sentence or two) place it in quotation marks; if a longer passage from a publication or web site, please indent it and use single spacing. In both cases, be sure to cite the original source in a footnote or in parentheses. If a student is not clear about the expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or examination, be sure to seek clarification from the instructor beforehand.

Sample Syllabus Statement: You will act with academic Integrity: Cheating, fabricating or falsifying information or sources, improper collaboration, submitting the same paper for different classes without permission, and plagiarism are all forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism occurs when writers and speakers deliberately or unintentionally use another person's language, ideas, or materials and present them as their own without properly acknowledging and citing the source. Academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism in this course will result in one or more of the following consequences: failure of the assignment, referral to the Dean of Instruction, and/or disciplinary actions by the Director Student Life. In this course, most often, your instructor will require oral citation of paraphrased material. Cite sources carefully, completely, and meticulously; when in doubt, cite. Familiarize yourself with BC’s Student Code of Conduct and KCCD’s definitions of plagiarism and cheating (KCCD Board Policy 4F7D; pg. 144).

Finally, students should keep in mind that as a member of the BC campus academic community, students are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors and will be evaluated on their own merits. Students should be proud of their academic accomplishments and help to protect and promote academic integrity at Bakersfield College. The consequences of cheating and academic dishonesty – including a formal written warning, possible loss of grade – are simply not worth it.

Complete the Academic Integrity Reporting Intake Form

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Procedure

The following procedure is done when the Office of Student life receives an Academic Integrity Reporting Intake Form:

  1. The Dean of Students receives the Academic Integrity Reporting Intake Form with all supplements.
  2. The Executive Secretary for Student Life calls the Student-in-Question to schedule a meeting with the Dean of Students.
  3. Dean of Students meets with the Student-in-Question to determine if there was “good cause” in violation of the Student Code of Conduct for Academic Integrity.
    1. If found in violation, the Dean of Students will sanction accordingly.
    2. If not found in violation, the Dean of Students will release alleged violations.
  4. If the Student-in-Question does not attend the first Scheduled meeting
    1. The student fails to show up to their first scheduled meeting.
    2. The Executive Secretary for Student Life will call the Student-in-Question to reschedule the missed meeting.
  5. If the Student-in-Question fails again to show up to the second scheduled meeting.
    1. An email will be sent out to the Student-in-Question’s BC email account warning the Student-in-Question to contact the Office of Student Life regarding the missed scheduled meetings or an “Administrative Hold” may be placed on their registration account.
  6. If the Student-in-Question fails to show up to the third scheduled meeting.
    1. The Executive Secretary for Student Life notifies the Office of Admissions and Records to place an immediate “Administrate Hold” on the Student-in-Question’s enrollment records at Bakersfield College.
    2. Holds may be removed after the Student-in-Question meets with the Dean of Students.