Academic Integrity

Academic honesty and integrity are highly valued in the ICC community. Students who enroll and remain at Itasca should, therefore, realize that to submit work which is not academically honest violates the purpose of the college. Academic dishonesty is unethical behavior which adversely affects not only the college's academic environment but also the larger community. It seriously compromises the integrity of the academic experience and will be neither tolerated nor condoned at Itasca. Specific programs (i.e. nursing) also may have policies regarding academic integrity.


No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as academically dishonest. Academic dishonesty or cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Plagiarism - Presenting the ideas and/or words of others as if they were one's own without acknowledging their origins.

Dishonesty in testing:

  • The unauthorized acquisition and/or possession of non-administered tests or other academic materials, and/or the distribution of these materials.
  • Copying from another student's test paper and/or collaborating during a test with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority.
  • During a test, using materials not authorized by the instructor.

Selling or giving an assignment (e.g., theme, report, term paper, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture) to another student for use in a course, or

Submitting an assignment prepared totally or in part by someone else.

Submitting nearly identical work that one has previously offered for credit in another course without prior approval of the instructor.

Violating authorized guidelines established by instructors for individual assignments.

Sabotaging or damaging the work of others.


Students who violate this policy are subject to penalties as determined by the instructor. These penalties may include one of the following:

  • Failure (or 0 points) on the assignment or test on which the academic dishonesty occurred.
  • Failure in the course (i.e., student is in effect "expelled" from the class).
  • Expulsion from the institution.

Faculty will be expected to inform the Academic Dean in writing of the violation in circumstances of course failure and recommended expulsion from ICC.

Appeals: Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding academic dishonesty by following policies and procedures indicated under the Student Code of Conduct.