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Academic Integrity

The College values its mission as an educational institution. CSI students, faculty, staff, and administration are expected to be honest in all aspects of their college education and employment. All student work is evaluated with the assumption that the work presented is the individual's own. All work submitted is to be a representation of an individual's own ideas, concepts, and understanding. Anything less is unacceptable and is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student and Faculty Handbooks. View the full Academic Integrity Disciplinary Policy.

Disciplinary Procedure

Formal Definition of Academic Dishonesty:
Academic Dishonesty is any form of behavior which results in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own.

Defined Acts of Academic Dishonesty:

  1. Cheating - using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.
  2. Fabrication - unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Plagiarism - the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgment.
  4. Unauthorized Collaboration - sharing information or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course faculty member.
  5. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the institutional code of academic integrity.

(This list is not meant to be exhaustive of all acts of academic dishonesty, but is a guide to help faculty members and students understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.)

Academic Sanctions:
The goal of the disciplinary system at CSI is to educate students and to hold students accountable for their actions. Appropriate sanctions help the College to teach, and the student to learn, that there are negative consequences to inappropriate or dishonest actions.

The College strives for consistency in sanctions imposed for acts of academic dishonesty, while still allowing the faculty member a certain level of professional discretion. Faculty members are expected to impose an appropriate penalty, up to and including failure of the course. Potential penalties for academic dishonesty are to be stated in each course syllabus.

Disciplinary Sanctions
The faculty member meets with the student, determines if an incident of dishonesty has occurred, and applies sanctions according to the course syllabus. All incidents of academic dishonesty will be recorded in a database maintained by the Office of Instructional Administration (OIA). If the student has previous violations, the case will be additionally referred to the appropriate Instructional Dean after meeting with the faculty member. The Instructional Dean will determine if additional sanctions are warranted. Additional sanctions include, but are not limited to, college suspension, and college expulsion.