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Student Behavior and Academic Integrity

Catalog: Student Behavior and Academic Integrity


The following information is of importance to CRC faculty and students for ensuring a positive learning environment in the classroom.

General Expectations of Student Behavior
As members of the CRC community, we are entitled to, and responsible for, creating a campus climate that supports excellence in teaching and learning, personal growth and development, and an atmosphere that is safe for, and respectful to, all students, faculty, and staff. Every member of our community must abide by guidelines, regulations, and agreements. Students are a vital part of the college and are expected to abide by guidelines, regulations, laws, and agreements. The college has expectations and standards for appropriate student behavior, often considered “common courtesies.” They include, but are not limited to:

  • Respectful and appropriate use of campus facilities, resources, and services—the cafeteria, library, and any other gathering space on campus are shared spaces. Consistent with the CRC Honor Code, students should be respectful of others, conscious of their language, volume, tone, and content of their personal conversations while using public spaces.
  • Respectful interactions with faculty, staff, and students—Resolving conflict includes dialogue, understanding and patience. Students who are unsure of the appropriate steps to take in order to resolve an issue are encouraged to consult a CRC Counselor, the Dean of Counseling, Dean of Student Services, or Campus Police.
  • Being a responsible student—Showing up to class on time, being prepared, completing assignments, communicating with the professor, and participating appropriately in class are all essential to being a responsible student on a college campus. Students must make every effort to be on time and to communicate to faculty when they will be late or unable to attend.


Students may be referred to the Student Discipline Officer for a number of reasons, including continued disruptive behavior, profanity, or other behaviors that impede the teaching and learning process in the classroom or on campus. Students will be notified of the referral and may receive a warning notice or be scheduled for a discipline meeting. Students are entitled to due process, including a hearing and an appeal process. Students who have questions regarding the student discipline process or regulations may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.


CRC values academic integrity (honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility). It recognizes that individuals can achieve their maximum potential and contribute appropriately to the well-being of the larger community only if they recognize the ethical dimensions of decisions and actions. The college assumes all members of the academic community will exhibit academic integrity supporting student access, academic quality, academic rigor, innovation and collegiality.

Definition of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is defined as representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism consists of taking the words or substance of another work and either copying or paraphrasing without giving credit to the source. Plagiarism is applicable to written, oral, and artistic work. The following examples are only some of the many forms plagiarism may take:

  1. Word-for-word copying of work written by someone else.
  2. Failure to give proper credit for ideas, statements of facts, or conclusions derived by another.
  3. Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether a paragraph, sentence, or phrase.
  4. Close and extended paraphrasing of another work without acknowledging the source.

Definition of Cheating
Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. The following are only some of the many forms cheating may take:

  1. Copying another's work on a test, paper, or project.
  2. Using unauthorized materials in an exam or collaborating on work to be turned in for credit where the instructor disallows such collaboration
  3. Taking an exam for another student, purposely allowing another student to copy during a test, or providing coursework for another student to turn in as his or her own effort.
  4. Fabricating, falsifying or misrepresenting data or results from experiments, interviews or surveys.
  5. Submitting the same work in more than one class for credit without permission from the instructor.
  6. Knowingly furnishing false information to the college.


Current college policies prohibit dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college. CRC’s recommended discipline process with regard to plagiarism and cheating is available from the Student Discipline Officer. Course syllabi should reference the process.

  1. Faculty members have the right to choose whether or not to pursue suspected cases of plagiarism and cheating.
  2. When addressing plagiarism or cheating with reasonable evidence, the faculty member should notify the student of the concern.
  3. Faculty members may consult with the Student Discipline Officer when determining whether plagiarism or cheating has occurred.
  4. In situations where cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the faculty member is to determine consequences in compliance with board policy and regulations, which prohibit dropping a student from a course. The consequences may be any of the following options:
    • giving the student a verbal or written warning
    • giving the student an additional assignment
    • giving the student a zero on the assignment
    • determining other appropriate consequences that comply with board policy and regulations
  5. In situations where cheating or plagiarism has occurred, the faculty notifies the student that a “Referral for Student Code of Conduct Violation” will be filed with the Student Discipline Officer.
  6. Students have the right to grieve an action that they feel violates their student rights.
  7. The Office of the Student Discipline Officer shall be responsible for maintaining records related to cheating and plagiarism.

Probation, suspension or expulsions are courses of action that may be determined by the Student Discipline Officer, in accordance with Los Rios Community College District policy.


CRC's Honor Code serves as a bridge between the College Catalog’s formal treatment of academic integrity and the day to day decisions of the members of our academic community. Its focus is on core academic values, the appropriate expression of those values in behavior, and the way those values create and sustain our academic community. It is intended as a straightforward tool for communicating and clarifying the college’s fundamental expectations. It is also intended to be used frequently and easily.

Suggested Honor Code Uses:

  • As a syllabic supplement
  • In conjunction with major assignments
  • In conjunction with field trips/special events
  • As a classroom management tool
  • As documentation in the context of:
    Referrals for "Student Code of Conduct" violations
    Grievance processes
    Student Disciplinary Appeal processes

Cosumnes River College Honor Code*
Approved by the Cosumnes River College Academic Senate on 10-26-07
Approved by the Cosumnes River College Executive Council on 3-27-08

I understand that Cosumnes River College (CRC) values academic integrity. Academic integrity requires:

Honesty, which means:

  • A commitment to truthfulness
  • The refusal to steal or mislead, cheat or plagiarize

Fairness, which means:

  • The willingness to treat others as I would wish to be treated upon careful consideration

Respect, which means valuing, in attitude and practice:

  • All human beings
  • Myself
  • My community at CRC and beyond

Responsibility, which means:

  • Recognizing that the quality of a CRC education and the quality of the CRC student experience depend upon my behavior
  • Accepting, at all times, the consequences of my actions

I understand that I, as a member of the Cosumnes River College community, am responsible for upholding this value, supporting academic quality, academic rigor, and an appropriate college atmosphere.

* This code is modeled after that of Santa Monica Community College, Santa Monica, CA


(Adapted from the American Association of University Professors’ Statement on Professional Ethics)

  1. Faculty members, guided by a deep conviction of the worth and dignity of the advancement of knowledge, recognize the special responsibilities placed upon them. Their primary responsibility to their disciplines is to seek and to state the truth as they see it. To this end they devote their energies to developing and improving their scholarly and teaching competence. They accept the obligation to exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending and transmitting knowledge. They practice intellectual honesty. Although they may follow subsidiary interests, these interests must never seriously hamper or compromise their freedom of inquiry.
  2. As educators, faculty members encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their discipline. They demonstrate respect for the student as an individual and adhere to their proper role as intellectual guides and counselors. They make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that their evaluation of students reflects their true merit. They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between faculty member and student. They avoid any exploitation of students for their private advantage and acknowledge significant assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom.
  3. As colleagues, faculty members have obligations that derive from common membership in the community of scholars. They respect and defend the free inquiry of their associates. In the exchange of criticism and ideas they show due respect for the opinions of others. They acknowledge their academic debts and strive to be objective in their professional judgment of colleagues. They accept their share of faculty responsibilities for the governance of their institution.
  4. As members of their institution, faculty members seek above all to be effective teachers and scholars. Although they observe the stated regulations of the institution, provided they do not contravene academic freedom, they maintain their right to criticize and seek revision. They determine the amount and character of the work they do outside their institution with due regard to their paramount responsibilities within it. When considering the interruption or termination of their service, they recognize the effect of their decision upon the programs of the institution and give due notice of their intentions.
  5. As members of their community, faculty members have the rights and obligations of any citizen. They measure the urgency of these obligations in light of their responsibilities to their disciplines, to their students, to their profession and to their institution. When they speak or act as private persons, they avoid creating the impression that they speak or act for their college or university. As citizens engaged in a profession that depends upon freedom for its health and integrity, faculty members have a particular obligation to promote conditions of free inquiry and to public understanding of academic freedom.
  6. As members of a diverse, multicultural community, faculty members acknowledge a responsibility to cultural, gender and ability sensitivity that goes beyond tolerance and deference. Faculty members model these sensitivities in the classroom, on campus, and in the wider community.
  7. The dual mission of the community college is to prepare students for success in both careers and participatory citizenship. Lowering standards to pass students along undermines their abilities to meet future challenges. Maintaining sound and fair standards while helping students to understand those standards together provide a realistic view of what can be expected in other educational institutions and in the larger society beyond the college campus.