The KCTCS regulations pertaining to plagiarism and cheating can be found in Section 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, and 220.127.116.11 of the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct at http://www.kctcs.edu/student/code.htm Penalties for violation of KCTCS policies on plagiarism and cheating can be found in Section 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
Plagiarism is the act of presenting ideas, words, or organization of a source, published or not, as if they were one's own. All quoted material must be in quotation marks, and all paraphrases, quotations, significant ideas, and organization must be acknowledged by some form of documentation acceptable to the instructor for the course.
Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work that a student submits as the student's own. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual material is completed, it must be done by the student and the student alone. The use of the term "material" refers to work in any form including written, oral, and electronic.
All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by a student to an instructor or other academic supervisor, is expected to be the result of the student's own thought, research, or self-expression. In any case in which a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving a student's work, the student must consult the instructor before submitting the work.
Cheating includes buying, stealing, or otherwise obtaining unauthorized copies of assignments for the purpose of improving one's academic standing. During examinations or in-class work, cheating includes having,unauthorized information, and/or referring to unauthorized notes or other written or electronic information. In addition, copying from others, either during examinations or in the preparation of homework assignments, is a form of cheating.
Anyone who knowingly assists in any form of academic dishonesty shall be considered as guilty as the student who accepts such assistance. Students should not allow thier work to be copied or otherwise used by fellow students, nor should they sell or give unauthorized copies of examinations to other students.
For instances of academic dishonesty related to earning grades (violations 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52), the instructor may implement any of three sanctions:
The specific sanction depends upon the weight of the assignment in satisfying the requirements for the course.
If an instructor chooses the sanction which assigns a failing grade for the course, the instructor shall notify the division chair, the chief executive officer or designee, and the registrar. For more information about the role of college personnel in the process, refer to section 2.5.2.
The instructor may also recommend that the student be suspended for any academic offenses (as defined in sections 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, or 18.104.22.168).
Any student found guilty of a second academic violation shall be expelled from the college and shall not be allowed to enroll at any of the other KCTCS colleges for one academic year.
The minimum sanction for misuse or falsification of an academic record (violation 22.214.171.124), including the omission of information or attempted falsification or other misuse of academic records as described in section 126.96.36.199, is suspension for one semester.