Academic Integrity

Atlantic Cape expects unwavering integrity from students in submitted work. Acts of cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated and the student will be subject to disciplinary action as detailed below. Students are required to give credit to all individuals who contributed to the completion of any assignment. Specific sources of all information, ideas and quotations not original to the author of the assignment must be referenced. These references must be cited using standard methods such as those taught in ENGL101-Composition I and ENGL102-Composition II or other formats as specified by the instructor. If group work on an assignment is permissible, specific authorization and instructions pertaining thereto must be provided in writing by the instructor.

It should be noted that persons facilitating plagiarism or cheating by another student are equally culpable and such persons may also be subject to penalties similar to those stipulated below. Examples of such facilitation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. A student gives a copy of a past assignment, such as a term paper, to a second student with the understanding that the second student may use the assignment as his/her own work.
  2. A student observes or has other first-hand knowledge of cheating or plagiarism and fails to report same to the instructor.

All students are reminded that they have an ethical responsibility to guard the academic process against corruption by such acts of dishonesty. In addition to the above, students must follow all course-specific or instructor-specific procedures established for examinations, laboratory experiments, studio work, reports and projects.

The following penalties apply in cases of cheating or plagiarism:

1)     The instructor may assign a grade of “F” or a zero for an assignment.  OR     

The instructor may assign a grade of “F” for the course in cases of repeated dishonesty or in such cases where the assignment in question is so central to the evaluation process that failure in the assignment would preclude any reasonable possibility of the student passing the course.

2)      All confirmed breaches of academic honesty will become part of the student’s permanent academic record. Two such offenses will constitute grounds for Academic Dismissal. Said dismissal will be for a duration of no less than two years. After two years, the student may apply for readmission, but this may be attempted only once. Upon readmission, any further act of dishonesty will result in permanent dismissal.

If the student is not in agreement with the action taken by the faculty member, the student is encouraged to meet and discuss the issue with the faculty as the first step. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome, the student requests a meeting with the Academic Dean or Testing Director.


If the matter is not resolved between the student and faculty member or at the Academic Dean level, the student will contact the Director of the Center for Student Success to file an appeal. The appeal process will be explained to the student and a student advocate will be assigned, if requested.

The Academic Standards, Policies, and Procedures Committee will be the appeal board for students who wish to appeal the action of a faculty member, Academic Dean or Testing Director. The committee must have a quorum in order to hear the charge.

The following procedure will be followed in order to provide the student with due process:

  • The faculty member, Academic Dean or Testing Director will be notified of the appeal and will prepare a written statement of charges to be submitted to the Director of the Center of Student Success, who will prepare and present the case to the Academic Standards, Policies and Procedures Committee.
  • A hearing date will be selected that is mutually agreeable to all parties. The student will receive written notification of the violation and hearing date by registered mail or delivered in person and by email at least ten days before the date of the hearing.  The hearing will take place on the scheduled date as long as the Committee has a quorum to hear the case.
  • The charges, all affidavits, and all exhibits which the College intends to submit will be made available to the person making the allegation and the charged student for inspection.
  • The student may bring counsel to the hearing in a consultative role only. Also, the student can be assigned a student advocate from the counseling center to accompany them. The advocate can help the student prepare for the hearing and accompany the student to the hearing in a consultative role.
  • The student will have the opportunity to present his/her own version of the facts, by personal statement as well as by affidavits and witnesses.
  • The student will have the right to hear evidence against him/her and to question adverse witnesses personally.
  • The Academic Standards, Policies, and Procedures Committee will make a determination of the facts of each case solely on the basis of the evidence presented at the hearing. The chairperson of the committee will prepare a written statement of the committee's findings of fact and a recommendation to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for action.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs receives recommendation and makes the appropriate decision regarding disciplinary action or dismissal of charges and the decision is final.