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Plagiarism: Plagiarism Policy

BCC's Academic Dishonesty Policy

A College community must be established on a foundation of truth and academic integrity. Bristol Community College has an obligation not only to promote these high standards of academic honesty, but also to address academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is demonstrated by cheating, plagiarism, and facilitating academic dishonesty. 

  • Cheating – Includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff. Cheating shall also include the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Taking credit for work done by another person or doing work for which another person will receive credit. Copying or purchasing others work or arranging for others to do work under a false name. 

  • Plagiarism – Includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. This would also include material that is obtained from the computer.

  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  Students who allow their work to be used by other students or who otherwise aid others in academic dishonesty are violating academic integrity.

If You Plagiarize...

Academic Penalties:

If the faculty member determines that the student did commit an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member has the authority to impose any of the following:

  •  Warning.
  •  Failing grade in the exam, paper, or other assessment. A grade of zero is recommended.
  •  Revision of work.
  •  Reduction in grade.
  •  Withdrawal from course.
  •   Failing grade in course.

Due Process:

The above action does not negate the student’s right to due process in accordance with the Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process as outlined in the BCC Student Handbook.  See link below.