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A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty; academic work depends upon respect and acknowledgement of the research and ideas of others. Because Charter Oak State College is a nontraditional college, and because some of the student’s work may be done at a distance, upholding academic integrity is of utmost importance. Charter Oak expects students and its faculty to uphold high standards of academic honesty in their scholarship and learning.

To this end, Charter Oak provides information about various web sites that will help students write research papers, provides free tutoring for those who need assistance in writing research papers, and offers a one-credit research writing course. Faculty make it clear on their course syllabi what constitutes academic dishonesty and the Charter Oak staff make it clear in publications and on the web site.

When an instructor receives academic work from a student, the instructor expects the work to be that of the student, therefore:

1. A student shall not receive credit for work that is not the result of the student’s own effort or for work that is falsified. A student who is in doubt regarding standards of academic honesty in a course or assignment should consult the faculty member responsible for that course or assignment before submitting the work. A student’s lack of understanding is not a valid defense to a charge of academic dishonesty.

2. A student’s name on any written assignment (e.g., examination, report, thesis, project, computer program, laboratory report, etc.) or in association with an oral presentation constitutes a representation that the work is the result of that student’s own thought and study, stated in the student’s own words, and produced without the assistance of others, except as quotation marks and references accurately acknowledge the use of other sources, including sources found on the internet.

3. Since many of Charter Oak’s courses require group projects, it is important to clarify with the instructor which assignments can be turned in by the group and which must be the work of the individual student.

4. Unless permission is received in advance from the faculty member in charge of the course involved, a student may not submit, in identical or similar form, work for one course that has been used to fulfill any academic requirement in another course at Charter Oak or any other institution. If a student perceives the possibility of overlapping assignments, the student should consult with the appropriate faculty. At Charter Oak, faculty are encouraged to use a software package that checks for plagiarism. This software package becomes a database for all papers ever turned in. Therefore if a student’s paper has been submitted to the data base for checking, if it or a similar paper had been turned in before, the results of the review of the new paper will show that a previous similar or identical paper had been submitted for another course.


Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

A. Copying from another person’s paper or exam responses, or receiving unauthorized aid from a person during an exam, allowing someone to copy from your paper, or using unauthorized materials during an exam;

B. Providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (papers, projects, and examinations);

C. Attempting to improperly influence any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the college in any matter pertaining to academics or research;

D. Using another person as a substitute in any form of academic evaluations or doing unauthorized academic work for which another will receive credit;

E. Presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or works of another for academic evaluation and/or credit; and

F. Sharing of logon and password information.

G. Presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved.

If a student knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct, such student shall be equally accountable for the violation and shall be subject to the sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (see Student Code of Conduct in this catalog).

Instructor’s, Proctor’s and Assessment Coordinator’s Roles

Instructors will seek to be clear in their course syllabi what constitutes plagiarism and cheating, and indicate when students can submit joint work for evaluation. The Charter Oak Assessment Coordinator will seek to make it clear in the materials on portfolio preparation and individual course assessment what constitutes plagiarism and cheating, and the penalties for such actions. Charter Oak proctors will, orally and/or in writing prior to the exam, inform examinees of test administration security standards and remind the students of the penalties for cheating. However, students are expected to be familiar with the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct with respect to academic integrity, and any alleged inadequacy of a syllabus or other printed information is not a valid defense to such a charge.

If, during the course of an examination, an instructor or proctor observes suspicious behavior, he/she shall warn the individuals involved regarding the appearance of their actions and request them to cease any suspicious actions immediately. If the behavior continues, it may be considered evidence of academic misconduct.

When an instructor or the Assessment Coordinator believes there is sufficient evidence of academic misconduct, the instructor shall notify the accused student in writing (and orally if possible) that unless the student requests a hearing in writing to the Provost within (30) thirty business days to contest the instructor’s belief, the instructor shall impose the appropriate academic consequences warranted by the circumstances. A copy of such written notification and action taken shall also be sent to the Provost.


In the courses and in credential evaluations, cheating on an exam or plagiarism shall result in an F for the course.

In portfolio assessment, plagiarism or falsifying documentation will result in dismissal from the portfolio process and no refund of money. If the plagiarism has occurred in 6 credits or less, the student would not be able to reapply for portfolio assessment for one year. If it has occurred in 6-12 credits, the student shall be barred from resubmitting for two years. If it has occurred in 13 credits or more, the student shall be barred from resubmitting for five years.

Breach of security and/or cheating by a student on a standardized examination will result in cancellation of test scores. Cheating on course examinations will result in an F for the test and may result in receiving an F for the course.

If a student is a matriculated student at Charter Oak, other sanctions could also be imposed. A breach of security in test administration will result in cancellation of test scores.


If the student wishes to contest the sanctions, the student may request a hearing in writing directed to the Provost within 10 (ten) business days of being informed of the sanction. The hearing process is outlined in Section 4 F of the Student Code of Conduct (see Student Code of Conduct in this catalog). If the hearing process, including the appeal process is not completed before the end of the term, the student will receive a grade of incomplete (I) until final resolution of the issue.

Adopted: May 20, 2004