Academic Integrity Policy
Students are expected to maintain the highest academic standards while enrolled in CTC classes.
Students guilty of academic misconduct or fraud or scholastic dishonesty may be administratively dropped from the course or courses with a grade of "F" and subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion.
Prior academic and non-academic violations may be considered at the time of adjudication.
Most examples of academic misconduct fall under the general category of cheating. Cheating involves the unauthorized use of information, materials, devices, sources, or practices in completing academic activities.
Plagiarism, a type of cheating, is the presentation of another person’s work as your own, without proper acknowledgement of the source, with or without the creator’s permission, intentionally or unintentionally.
By taking CTC courses, you agree that all required papers, exams, class projects or other assignments completed for credit may be submitted to SafeAssign or similar third parties to be reviewed and evaluated for originality and intellectual integrity.
Ignorance is not an excuse. Plagiarism.org is a free website for information on what plagiarism is and how to prevent plagiarism in your writing. Another good resource is Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
The digital age has given students new ways to commit collusion and cheating. Collusion happens when more than one person contributes to a piece of work that is submitted as the work of an individual student. Collaboration becomes collusion when the intention is to deceive.
Examples of collusion and cheating include, but are not limited to:
- manipulating quizzes and exams to obtain the correct answers or extend time limits
- asking or compensating a third party to complete your coursework
- Googling questions as you are testing
Although the digital age has given students new ways to cheat, it has also given instructors and institutions new ways to identify and verify collusion and cheating instances. In addition to using SafeAssign to check for plagiarism, CTC uses Biometric Signature ID (BioSig-ID™) as a way to verify that the student who registered for the class is the person who is submitting coursework and taking exams. Part of this process involves the tracking of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address identifies the host or network interface and the location.
It is against CTC academic policy for students to:
- share passwords and other log-in information to Blackboard or BioSig-ID.
- mask IPs, use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), or otherwise disguise location.
Students who do so are considered to have committed academic misconduct and will be disciplined accordingly.