Academic Dishonesty Policy

Honesty in academic endeavors is a central tenet of the Alma College philosophy. One may feel proud of accomplishments and success attained honorably through hard work.

Knowledge gained in this way often leads to later success in professional pursuits and in personal life. Unfortunately, academic stress and anxiety sometimes impact on the individual in ways that produce dishonest behavior. Programs through the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO), such as study skills, time management, and relaxation training, attempt to help the student reduce academic stress and thus, indirectly prevent dishonest behavior.

In view of the college’s commitment to ethical integrity, it must take strong exception to behavior which is untruthful.

Academic dishonesty includes the following:

  1. Plagiarism
  2. Exchange of information on examinations
  3. Assistance in the completion of an exam, writing of essays or laboratory reports
  4. Computer software theft

Disciplinary action following dishonesty is handled by the faculty member. It may result in failure of the course involved. All infractions and actions will be reported to and recorded in the Provost’s Office. Repeated evidence of academic dishonesty is reviewed by the Provost and may involve more severe penalties.

The Provost may refer cases to the Campus Conduct Committee or, in the event that suspension or expulsion is imposed as a penalty, the student(s) involved may request a hearing by the Campus Conduct Committee.

Last updated 10/1/2013