Academic Honor Code

Academic Honor Code

Academic honesty, integrity, and ethics are required of all members of the Baker College community. Academic integrity and acting honorably are essential parts of professionalism that continue well beyond courses at Baker College. They are the foundation for ethical behavior in the workplace. Attending Baker College is a privilege, and students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting the ideals, values, and educational aims of the College.

Academic integrity requires that work for which students receive credit be entirely the result of their own effort. Acting honorably in an academic setting requires more than simple honesty. Academic dishonesty takes place whenever students undermine the academic integrity of the institution or attempt to gain an unfair advantage over others. Ignorance of the College's honor code is not accepted as a valid excuse for prohibited conduct. The following lists include some examples of honor code violations; they are not intended to be exhaustive.

  1. Cheating
    1. Using unauthorized materials such as books, notes, or crib sheets to answer examination questions.
    2. Taking advantage of information considered unauthorized by one's instructor regarding examination questions.
    3. Copying another student's homework, written assignments, examination answers, electronic media, or other data.
    4. Assisting or allowing someone else to cheat.
  2. Plagiarism
    1. Representing the ideas, expressions, or materials of another without due credit.
    2. Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another person's work without proper citation.
    3. Failing to document direct quotations and paraphrases with proper citation.
  3. Other forms of academic dishonesty
    1. Fraud, deception, and the alteration of grades or official records.
    2. Changing examination solutions after the fact, inventing, changing, or falsifying laboratory data or research.
    3. Purchasing and submitting written assignments, homework, or examinations.
    4. Reproducing or duplicating images, designs, or Web pages without giving credit to the developer, artist, or designer.
    5. Submitting work created for another course without instructor approval.
    6. Misrepresenting oneself or one's circumstance to gain an unfair advantage.
    7. Collaborating with another person(s) without instructor approval.
    8. Selling or providing term papers, coursework, or assignments to other students.

There are four possible consequences for violating Baker College's Honor Code:

  1. Failure of the assignment.
  2. Failure of the course.*
  3. Expulsion from the College.
  4. Rescinding a certificate or degree.

In cases involving violation of the honor code, determination of the grade and the student's status in the course are left solely to the discretion of the instructor. The faculty may seek guidance from administrators. The instructor will report the incident to the College's administration to establish, investigate, or determine potential patterns of dishonesty.


*A student is prohibited from withdrawing from a course in which an F grade is received due to a violation of the honor code.

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