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Academic Honesty

Statement of Policy

In an academic institution, few offenses against the community are as serious as academic dishonesty. Such behavior is a direct attack upon the concept of learning and inquiry and casts doubts upon all measures of achievement. Only those who are committed to principles of honest scholarship may study at Western Shores Institute.

 Acts of Academic Dishonesty

Cheating is an act of deception by which a student misrepresents that they have mastered information on an academic exercise that he or she has not mastered.   For example, intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise is considered cheating.

Fabrication is the intentional use of invented information or the falsification of research, or other findings with the intent to deceive.

Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work.  When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific footnote references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.  By placing his or her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.

Other acts that will not be tolerated include the theft and/or mutilation of any library material; willfully providing school officials with false, misleading, or incomplete information; and forgery or unauthorized falsification of grades, records, or documents.  Collusion in any act of academic dishonesty will be treated as a commission of the act.

Disciplinary procedures for incidents of academic dishonesty may involve both academic action and administrative action for behavior against the Academic Honesty Policy.  The procedures involve the determination by the faculty member pursuing concerns over alleged cheating, plagiarism, and/or other acts as to whether administrative action is warranted, in addition to making a determination as to any academic consequence.  Actions may include:

1.       Suspension or dismissal from the Institute, with a grade of “WF”

2.       Cancelling the student's enrollment in the class without a grade or refund;

3.       Receiving a final grade of "F";

4.       Awarding a failing mark (“F”) on the test or assignment in question;

5.       Requiring the student to retake the test or resubmit a replacement assignment.

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