Academic Integrity

Honor Code: Cedar Crest College students should uphold community standards for academic and social behavior in order to preserve a learning environment dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Upholding community standards is a matter of personal integrity and honor.

Individuals who accept the honor of membership in the Cedar Crest College community pledge to accept responsibility for their actions in all academic and social situations and the effect their actions may have on other members of the College community.

Academic Standards of Integrity: Incumbent from the Honor Code, academic integrity and ethical behavior provide the foundations of the Cedar Crest scholarly community and the basis for our learning environment. Cedar Crest College expects students to set a high standard for themselves to be personally and intellectually honest and to ensure that other students do the same. This standard applies to all academic work (oral, written, or visual) completed as part of a Cedar Crest education.

Academic Misconduct: Cedar Crest College considers the following acts, but not only the following acts, to be breaches of its Academic Standard of Integrity. Cedar Crest College reserves the right to alter the definitions of academic misconduct herein.

  1. Cheating. During the completion of an academic assignment (e.g. quizzes, tests, examinations, artistic works, presentations, or papers), it is dishonest to use, have access to, or attempt to gain access to any and all sources or assistance not authorized by the instructor.
  2. Plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act, intentional or not, of misrepresenting the work, research, language, or ideas of another person (published or unpublished) as one’s own. An assignment or part of an assignment that fails to acknowledge source material through an appropriate academic discipline’s citation conventions for quotation, paraphrase, and summary also constitutes plagiarism.
  3. Collusion. Collusion is the collaboration of two or more individuals in either giving or receiving assistance not authorized by the instructor for the completion of an academic assignment.
  4. Falsification. Falsification is the misrepresentation of academic work or records. Falsification includes, but is not limited to: the fabrication of research, scientific data, or an experiment’s results; providing false information regarding an academic assignment, including reasons for absence, deadline extension, or tardiness; the tampering with grade or attendance records; the forging or misuse of college documents or records; or the forging of faculty or administrator signatures. An assignment or part of an assignment, submitted for academic credit in one course and resubmitted by the student for academic credit in another course without both instructors’ permission also constitutes falsification.
  5. Sabotage. Sabotage is the act of hindering another student’s (or students’) ability to complete an academic assignment. Destruction of college property (e.g. library holdings, laboratory materials, or computer hardware or software) may constitute sabotage.
  6. Other Forms of Academic Misconduct. The forms of academic misconduct defined above are not exhaustive, and other acts in violation of the Cedar Crest Honor Code or Academic Standard of Integrity may be deemed academic misconduct by an instructor or by the college.

Response to Academic Misconduct: Students who breach the Academic Standard are subject to sanctions imposed by an instructor, a department chair, the Provost, or the Board of Trustees. Such sanctions can range from, but are not limited to, the expectation to redo an assignment, the reduction in grade for an assignment or course, or the failure of an assignment or course. Extreme cases of academic misconduct, as determined by the provost or the Board of Trustees, may result in suspension or expulsion from the college, or the withholding, denial, or rescinding of academic degrees.

The initial response to academic misconduct rests with the individual instructor, who is entitled to take into account the student’s degree of academic experience and any prior instances of academic misconduct in the student’s time at the College, when determining the penalty for the offense. If a student withdraws from a course and the instructor discovers academic misconduct either before or after the withdrawal, an instructor’s grade of “F” for the course supersedes the “W.”

All instructors who determine that a student has breached the Academic Standard of Integrity must report the incident to the Provost’s Office using the “Report of Academic Misconduct” and attach relevant evidentiary documentation as appropriate. Instructors encountering a case of academic misconduct may consult with the Provost’s Office to determine if the student has committed acts of academic misconduct on other occasions.

All instructors are required to include the College’s Academic Standard of Integrity on their course syllabi, as well as information about the response to evidence of academic misconduct and potential sanctions incurred.

Upon receiving a “Report of Academic Misconduct,” the Provost’s Office will notify the student of the misconduct charge and of her rights and the procedure to appeal the charge and its sanctions. Appeals to charges of academic misconduct or their sanctions follow the process for appealing academic decisions outlined below in this section.

All reported incidents or academic misconduct will be held on record by the Provost’s Office. The Provost’s Office is to make an annual report to the faculty and to the Honor and Judicial Board, on the number and nature of academic misconduct cases that occurred during the year.


Intellectual Property Rights

It is the policy of Cedar Crest College to create an environment that encourages the generation of new knowledge by faculty, staff, and students, and facilitates the transfer of useful inventions and writings to society. To motivate the development and dissemination of intellectual property, the College seeks to ensure that the creators receive proper credit and financial rewards for their work.

For purposes of this policy, the term intellectual property includes any patentable invention, any copyrightable subject matter, or valuable technology. It also includes works of art, inventions or creations that might normally be developed on a propriety basis because copyright or patent protection is not available. This policy applies to any full-time or part-time student, regardless of whether the student receives financial aid from the College or from outside sources.

A student retains all rights to intellectual property created solely by herself. This includes rights to articles, and other writings of which the intended purpose is to disseminate the results of student research or scholarly work. A student also retains all rights to popular nonfiction, novels, poems, musical works, dramatic works including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other similar audio-visual works, and sound recordings. The use of College owned computers and other facilities in the preparation of such works does not alter this provision, though other College policies may limit such use or require reimbursement to the College.

In cases where the College provides funding or facilities for a particular student research project that are in excess of those normally available to students working in that area, the College may choose to act as a sponsor for that research and therefore own the rights of such property. Where student research is subject to an agreement between an external sponsor and the College that restricts the disposition of rights to intellectual property, the rights will be handled in accordance with that agreement. If a student is employed by the College specifically for the purpose of working as a research assistant, the College retains the rights of such property.

Issues not covered by any of the above provisions are subject to the policies which apply to the intellectual property rights of faculty and staff at the College.