3.12 Academic Honesty/Dishonesty

Responsible Position

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs


Alexandria Technical and Community College protects individual academic work and ensures academic integrity across the college. All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for work submitted under their name.

If, by a preponderance of the evidence, an academic act of dishonesty has occurred, discipline by faculty may include a written warning explicitly detailing the offense, a failing grade for that assignment/quiz/test etc., or a failing grade for the course. Academic Affairs may further sanction the student by removal from the course and expulsion from the college. Cheating, or any action that gives the appearance of impropriety, is a serious offense that undermines the legitimate learning process.

Related Information

The primary mission for the existence of our college is to provide access to learning – for careers and for life. By its nature, learning is an honorable process that highly values integrity and perseverance. To violate this value, to learn without integrity, without honesty, without serious effort and perseverance, is to dishonor the very reason Alexandria Technical and Community College exists.


Cheating is the unauthorized use or exchange of information (or the appearance of) by students for the purpose of meeting academic standards or requirements; examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. copying/reading of other's work during an exam,
  2. using unauthorized notes or aids during an exam,
  3. taking an exam for another student,
  4. collaborating with any other person during a test without authority,
  5. using or giving unauthorized assistance on a take home examination, assigned physical work, projects, or any other academic work,
  6. arranging for another student to take an exam,
  7. attempting to obtain, or knowingly obtaining, using buying, selling, transporting, reading, or soliciting in whole or in part, the contents of an unreleased test or information about an unreleased test,
  8. unauthorized supplying or bribing any other person to obtain an unreleased test of information about an unreleased test,
  9. submitting substantial portions of work for credit in more than one course, without consulting the instructors,
  10. submitting research and assignments prepared by others (e.g. purchasing the services of a commercial term paper company),
  11. altering or forging an official college document,
  12. plagiarizing of any kind (representing another person's words or ideas as one's own without proper attribution or credit),
  13. committing collusion (an agreement by two or more people to commit an act of dishonesty),
  14. sharing answers for a test/quiz taken previously with someone who has not yet taken the test,
  15. submitting false information (includes testimony, names, addresses, as related to admissions, readmission, assessment testing or academic and student services appeals or petitions).

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Approved by: Leadership Council

Effective Date: 5/5/2021

Next Review Date: May 2024

Archive: 3.33 Academic Honesty/Dishonesty