Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Honesty” means performing all academic work without plagiarism, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance from any other person, or using any source of information that is not common knowledge without properly acknowledging the source.

Academic honesty is essential to the maintenance of an environment where teaching and learning take place. It is also the foundation upon which students build personal integrity and establish standards of personal behavior. Lee College expects and encourages all to contribute to such an environment by observing the principles of academic honesty outlined in the College’s Academic Honesty Code below and in the Academic Honesty Values Document.

Academic Honesty Code

Honesty Code Violations: Any conduct or activity by a student intended to earn or improve a grade or receive any form of credit by fraudulent or dishonest means is considered an Honesty Code violation. In addition, engaging in any conduct, including the following examples is considered a violation whether it be in a face-to-face, web enhanced, hybrid, teleconference, or completely online course.  Examples of violations of the Honesty Code may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Acquiring Information
    1. Acquiring information for any assigned work or examination from any source not authorized by the instructor.
    2. Working with another person or persons on any assignment or examination when asked for individual work.
    3. Observing the work of other students during any examination.
    4. Using, buying, selling, stealing, soliciting, copying, or possessing, in whole or part, the contents of a un-administered examination, paper or another assignment.
    5. Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
    6. Agreeing with one or more persons to commit any act of academic dishonesty.
  2. Providing Information
    1. Providing answers for any assigned work or examination when not specifically authorized by the instructor to do so.
    2. Informing any person or persons of the contents of any examination prior to the time the examination is given.
  3. Plagiarism shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. Examples of plagiarism may include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Attempting to receive credit for work performed by another person, including papers obtained in whole or part from individuals or other sources.
    2. Copying computer programs or data files belonging to someone else.
    3. Copying and pasting text and images from electronic sources into a paper without acknowledging the source of that work or idea.
    4. Incorporating the work or idea of another person into one’s own work, whether paraphrased or quoted without acknowledging the source of that work or idea.
  4. Fabrication of Information
    1. Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
    2. Changing answers or grades after an academic work has been returned to the student and claiming instructor error.
    3. Fabricating or falsifying the results obtained from research or a laboratory experiment.
    4. Substituting for another student to take an examination or to do any academic work for which academic credit will be received.
    5. Submitting work for credit or taking an examination and employing a technique specifically prohibited by the instructor in that course, even if such technique would be acceptable in other courses.
    6. Using false justification to obtain extension on an assignment or exam.

Student Responsibility: Students at Lee College are expected to maintain honesty and integrity in the academic work they attempt while enrolled at the College. Each student acknowledges by the act of turning in work for a grade that he or she is in compliance with the code. Students who witness a violation of the Academic Honesty code should report such violations to the instructor of the course in which the violation occurred.

Faculty Responsibility: Faculty members are responsible for helping students comply with the Academic Honesty Code by directing students’ attention to the policy in course outlines and/or by explaining its provisions in class. Instructors should help minimize student temptation to violate the code by enacting adequate security precautions in the preparation, handling, and administering of graded work.  This is a learning process for the students and the enforcement of the Academic Honesty Code will empower students to be better employees in the workplace.


Faculty members who suspect that a student may have violated a provision of the Academic Honesty Code are obligated to investigate the incident and discuss their findings with the student or students involved. Faculty members who conduct such investigations are encouraged to confer with their instructional and/or student affairs administration regarding procedures, valid proof, and due process.

Faculty members who determine that a student violated the Academic Honesty Code must take action, both to prevent future violations and to preserve the academic integrity of their courses and the College community.  Cases of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs and to their Division Chair, who will be responsible for forwarding it on to the Instructional Deans and the Vice President of Instruction.  To start the adjudication process please complete the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report Form.

The Instructor will be informed of the progress of their student’s academic honesty violation through an online system, which will track the student’s violations throughout their academic career at Lee College. These records are not attached to nor do they become a part of the student’s permanent records or transcript unless repeated violations result in the student’s expulsion from the College.

The Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President of Instruction will treat violations of the Academic Honesty Code in the manner described below:

Penalties for proven violations of the Academic Honesty Code during a student’s entire career at Lee College are as follows:

  1. First Offense

The student will receive a zero on the assignment in question, which may result in subsequent academic or disciplinary penalties based on department/program policies. The student will also successfully complete the Online Academic Honesty Tutorial and receive one-on-one training if they fail the Tutorial.

  1. Second Offense
    In any class where a second offense occurs, the student will receive an “F” for the course.  The student will receive mandatory one-on-one instruction in the Library or the Writing Center.

Additional Penalties: Violations of the Academic Honesty Code in any subsequent courses that threaten the College’s learning environment may merit further penalties up to and including expulsion. Any additional penalties will be determined by the faculty member in conjunction with the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President of Instruction.

Unintentional violations of the Academic Honesty Code during a student’s academic career are as follows:

“Students may be given a verbal or written warning about unacceptable behavior or activities. The student may also be advised that all future work will be closely monitored, and subsequent unacceptable behavior may be subject to stronger disciplinary action.” Taken from Saddleback College’s Academic Integrity Contract:

Students may appeal instructors’ determination that they violated the Academic Honesty Code by clicking on the appeals procedures entitled “Student Rights and Student Appeals.”

Last Revised: 8/27/2018