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Academic Dishonesty

Students at Tacoma Community College are expected to be honest and forthright in their educational endeavors. Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication and other forms of academic dishonesty corrupt the learning process and threaten the educational environment for all students.

The consequences of academic dishonesty may vary with the situation and the individual instructor. All instructors will include in the course syllabus a policy on, and sanctions for, academic dishonesty. If a student is guilty of, or admits to, academic dishonesty, an instructor may impose sanctions up to and including administrative withdrawal from the course and/or an ‘E’ grade for the course.

It is the official policy of Tacoma Community College that cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and other forms of academic misconduct are grounds for disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. A student accused of academic dishonesty may be reported to the appropriate college official for initiation of disciplinary proceedings which could result in disciplinary sanctions ranging from a warning to expulsion from the college.

Definitions of academic dishonesty and descriptions of the hearing and appeal processes are included in the Tacoma Community College Administrative Procedure for Academic Dishonesty, available in all administrative offices.

Copies of the Code of Student Conduct are available in the office of the Vice President for Student Services in Bldg. 7.