El Camino College Torrance | 2017-2018 Student Handbook - page 36

Academic Honesty and Standards of Conduct
Board Policy 5500
El Camino College is dedicated to maintaining an optimal learning environment and insists
upon academic honesty. To uphold the academic integrity of the institution, all members of
the academic community, faculty, staff, and students, must assume responsibility for
providing an educational environment of the highest standards characterized by a spirit of
academic honesty.
It is the responsibility of all members of the academic community to behave in a manner
that encourages learning, promotes honesty, and to act with fairness toward others.
Students should not seek an unfair advantage over other students when completing an
assignment, taking an examination, or engaging in any other kind of academic activity.
Conduct at El Camino College must conform to the laws of the State of California, District
policies, and campus rules and regulations. The El Camino College faculty, staff, and
administration are dedicated to maintaining a positive learning environment. Optimal
standards for behavior are essential to the maintenance of a quality college environment.
These standards will apply to all students on campus, other college property or while
attending any college-sponsored event. Violation of such laws, policies, rules, and
regulations or behavior adversely affecting suitability as a student, will lead to disciplinary
action. Disciplinary actions as noted in Administrative Procedure 5520 may be taken
against any person who engages in behavior defined as misconduct.
The following misconduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not
limited to the removal, suspension, or expulsion of a student.
Cheating, plagiarism (including plagiarism in a student publication), or
engaging in other academic dishonesty including but not limited to:
Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any
academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term
paper companies or online sources for essays, term papers, or research
papers, whether free or paid.
Copying from another student or former student allowing another
student to copy from one’s work.
Allowing another individual to assume one’s identity or assuming the
identity of another individual.
Changing answers on a previously scored test, assignment or
experiment with the intent to defraud.
Inventing data for the purpose of completing an assignment, a
laboratory experiment, or case study analysis with the intent
to defraud.
Obtaining or copying exams or test questions when prohibited by the
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