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Leadership Profile

Early College for High School Students Academic Policy

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity and ethics remain steadfast, withstanding technological change. Cedar Crest College academic standards therefore apply to all academic work, including, but not limited to, handwritten or computer generated documents, video or audio recordings, and telecommunications.

All Cedar Crest students shall:

  • Submit only work that is their own.
  • Adhere to the rules of acknowledging outside sources, as defined by the instructor, never plagiarizing or misrepresenting intellectual property.
  • Neither seek nor receive aid from another student, converse with one another when inappropriate, nor use material not authorized by the instructor.
  • Follow the instructions of the professor in any academic situation or environment, including the taking of examinations, the following of laboratory procedures, the preparation of papers, and the proper and respectful use and sharing of the College facilities and resources, including library and computing resources.
  • Abide by the Cedar Crest Computer Use Policy.
  • Not submit the same work for more than one course without instructor approval.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty or Plagiarism

It is academic dishonesty to submit oral or written work that is not entirely the student’s own, except as may be approved by the instructor. A student must follow the requirements of the instructor regarding when and how much collaboration with other students is permitted.

Any language taken from another source, whether individual words or entire paragraphs, must be placed within quotation marks and attributed to the source, following the citation format specified by the instructor. Paraphrased material from an outside source must also be attributed. In addition, if the student is indebted to another source for a specific perspective or a line of argument—regardless of whether the student has directly quoted the source or not—that debt must also be acknowledged.

If a student fails to acknowledge debts to outside sources, that student has committed plagiarism. Deliberate or accidental, academic dishonesty is a serious academic offense and a violation of the spirit of the Cedar Crest Honor Code philosophy. The response to evidence of academic dishonesty rests with the individual instructor. Depending on the severity of the offense and at the discretion of the instructor, penalties for academic dishonesty may range from a request to redo the assignment before the grade is assigned, to the assignment of an “F” for the assignment, to the assignment of an “F” for the course, to suspension or expulsion. Suspension or expulsion from the College is by the Provost, after consultation with the instructor and Chair. An instructor is entitled to take into account the student’s degree of academic experience and any prior instances of academic dishonesty in the student’s time at the College, in determining the penalty for the offense.

If the student withdraws from a course and the instructor discovers academic dishonesty either before or after the withdrawal, the instructor’s grade of “F” for the course supersedes the “W”.

Classroom Protocol

Appropriate classroom behavior is implicit in the Cedar Crest College Honor Code. Such behavior is defined and guided by complete protection for the rights of all students and faculty to a courteous, respectful classroom environment. That environment is free from distractions such as late arrivals, early departures, inappropriate conversations and any of the behaviors that might disrupt instruction and/or compromise students’ access to their Cedar Crest College education.

Faculty members are entitled to expect students to attend and be prepared for all classes, to arrive and leave on time, to treat the faculty members and fellow students with respect, to refrain from any activities within the classroom that do not directly pertain to the business of the class (such as writing letters, reading external materials), to use language that is respectful and non-abusive, and to otherwise refrain from any behavior that disrupts or jeopardizes the learning environment. If a student would like bring a guest to class, permission must be secured from the instructor prior to the class time.

Faculty members are entitled to discipline a disorderly student. Such discipline can range from asking a student to behave to telling the student to leave class. Faculty may further choose to treat dismissal from class as an absence, for the purpose of attendance policies. If a student refuses to leave when requested, the faculty member is to call Campus Security and have the student removed.

If the faculty member desires that the expulsion extend beyond the class period or that it be permanent, the faculty member must first notify the Chair of his or her department, and then make such a request to the Provost prior to the beginning of the next meeting of that class. If the Provost concurs, the student will be notified of the decision as soon as possible. Under some circumstances, some behavior may warrant dismissal from the College.