Academic integrity at PCC

As a faculty member a key part of supporting our students learning and success is ensuring that they understand the expectations of submitting their own authentic work in your course. There are some proactive ways to communicate these expectations, such as your syllabus or addressing students questions during class/office hours. You could even have a Student Conduct & Retention Coordinator give a presentation to your class about behavioral standards and academic expectations!

There may be times when students don’t meet these academic expectations. Perhaps you observe a student using their phone or concealed notes during an exam. Or maybe you discover language taken directly from an internet source without proper citation when grading an assignment.  

Whenever these incidents arise there is opportunity to be developmental with our students about potential academic misconduct. PCC has an institutional policy and reporting process in place for not only addressing academic misconduct, but also for tracking potential patterns of reported academic misconduct.

If you are unsure of what to do, feel free to call any of the Student Conduct & Retention Coordinators. During this consultation, we will explore the information you are able to provide and will discuss potential options.  

Academic Misconduct Process

(taken directly from the Student Code of Conduct Policy and Procedures Article V. D.)

  1. Report. Anyone may submit information about a possible Code violation by submitting a report to Report an Incident. Course instructors are encouraged to notify their Department Chair and/or Division Dean of the possible academic misconduct.  
  2. The Student Conduct & Retention Coordinator reviews the report submitted and contacts the Reporting Party to follow up on the report and next steps.  
    1. The course instructor may:
      1. Meet with the student.  
      2. Issue no credit or partial credit for the assignment or allow the student to redo the assignment. The course instructor’s decision shall be communicated in writing to the student.
      3. Wait to assign a grade to that assignment until the conduct process has concluded. If the student’s grade on that assignment will affect the student’s final grade in the course, the instructor shall leave the grade blank.   
    2. The Student Conduct & Retention Coordinator determines whether (a) the case will proceed to an Administrative Hearing, or (b) the case will be closed.
  3. As a result of an Administrative Hearing, the Student Conduct Officer may need to coordinate with the Dean of Instruction to make necessary changes to the student’s transcript in accordance with the outcome of the Administrative Hearing process. This may include adjustments to grades from previous terms.
  4. The student may appeal the decision of the Student Conduct Officer by following the steps outlined in this document. The student may appeal the instructor’s decision by following the College’s Complaint Process.