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. Consequences of academic dishonesty/misconduct may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following steps depending on the severity of the violation: 1) verbal warning; 2) written plan for improvement; 3) a zero on the affected assignment or test; 4) course failure; or 5) dismissal from the major or program.

Defined Acts of Academic Dishonesty

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.

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.

Fabrication—unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Plagiarism—the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgment.

Unauthorized Collaboration—sharing information or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course faculty member.

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.)