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Academic Honesty

Together we envision a positive learning environment that promotes the open exchange of ideas by practicing civility and ethical learning behaviors.

Academic Honesty is a Partnership between Faculty and Student

As members of the College of DuPage community, we share a commitment to the highest standards of learning and ethical behavior. The College and its faculty strive to build meaningful and productive relationships with our students. The expectation of honesty and effort is the foundation of that relationship. Academic dishonesty damages the learning partnership built between student and faculty and is considered a serious breach of the principles of learning and growth. Violations of the Code of Academic Conduct will be dealt with appropriately and may become part of a student’s educational record. Please don’t risk it!

Faculty and Students Each Have Responsibilities

To sustain an environment in which students recognize and demonstrate the importance of being accountable for their academic behavior,

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Become fully knowledgeable of the Code of Academic Conduct
  • Produce their own work
  • Encourage honesty and integrity among fellow students

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • Review classroom expectations concerning all aspects of academic honesty
  • Describe those expectations clearly in the class syllabus
  • Inform a student directly of any charges of academic dishonesty
  • Apply the Code of Academic Conduct procedures in a consistent manner
  • Determine the academic consequence of a student’s academic dishonesty

Behaviors Covered by the Code of Academic Conduct

Students should refrain from academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to:

  • Cheating: Copying another’s work, use of unauthorized materials/assistance, such as electronic devices; altering graded work after it’s returned, then submitting it to be re-graded
  • Plagiarism: The reproduction of another’s ideas, words or statements as one’s own without proper acknowledgement
  • Unauthorized Collaboration: Sharing work without an instructor’s approval
  • Furnishing False Information: Intentional falsification of information given to a College official; intentional misuse of identification
  • Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty: Permitting another to violate the Code; sabotage of another student’s work
  • Abuse of Academic Materials: Destroying or stealing academic resource material; obtaining advance copies of tests; duplicating copy-righted software; hacking on COD computers
  • Bribes, Favors and Threats: Bribing, promising favors, making threats against any person with the intention of affecting a student’s academic performance
  • Complicity in Academic Dishonesty: Helping another commit dishonesty by providing material with the knowledge it will be used deceitfully; permitting one’s own work to be submitted by another as his/her own
  • Falsification of Records and Official Documents: Altering transcripts or other documents; forging a signature or falsifying information on any academic document
  • Personal Misrepresentation and Proxy: Taking another’s place in an exam or other academic activity; having another participate in an academic activity in your place

Contact Information

Dean of Students
(630) 942-2485
deanofstudents@cod.edu