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.
Using unauthorized materials such as books, notes, or crib sheets to answer examination questions
Taking advantage of information considered unauthorized by one’s instructor regarding examination questions
Copying another student’s homework, written assignments, examination answers, electronic media, or other data
Assisting or allowing someone else to cheat
Representing the ideas, expressions, or materials of another without due credit
Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another person’s work without proper citation
Failing to document direct quotations and paraphrases with proper citation
Other forms of academic dishonesty
Fraud, Deception, and the Alteration of Grades or Official Records
Changing examination solutions after the fact, inventing, changing, or falsifying laboratory data or research
Purchasing and submitting written assignments, homework, or examinations
Reproducing or duplicating images, designs, or Web pages without giving credit to the developer, artist, or designer
Submitting work created for another course without instructor approval
Misrepresenting oneself or one’s circumstance to gain an unfair advantage
Collaborating with another person(s) without instructor approval
Selling or providing term papers, coursework, or assignments to other students
Consequences of Honor Code Violations
Violating Baker College’s Honor Code can result in four possible consequences:
Failure of the assignment
Failure of the course*
Expulsion from Baker College
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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