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Academic Integrity at TCTC

A Flip-Guide to Ethical Academic Behavior

Cheating on an exam, quiz, or other assignment may take many forms.  Examples of cheating specifically mentioned in the code of Student Conduct (p.150) are…

  • Copying from the work of another
  • Using unauthorized materials on an exam or assignment
  • Colluding in a surreptitious or unapproved way on an exam or assignment
  • Knowingly trafficking in the contents of an assignment or examination -- "obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting contents of an exam prior to its administration"
  • Posing as another student, submitting work in the guise of another student, or allowing another person to pose for oneself
  • Abetting or cooperating in any of the infractions listed above.

Cheating can harm both others and ourselves -- it undermines our sense of self as ethical people; it weighs on our conscience, creating recurring stress and anxiety; it devalues our accomplishments by undermining the reputation of the college; it adversely effects others who have worked honestly and fairly; and, perhaps most importantly, it robs us of the opportunity to learn and develop real knowledge and expertise.  No matter what career path we choose – from nursing to mechanical engineering – we will one day need to perform under pressure, and people will look to us and depend on us as experts.  The knowledge and training that we receive at TCTC is preparing us for that day, and, while it might be difficult and challenging, it's crucial to our future success.

A 2018 study, appearing in Frontiers in Education, concluded that contract cheating -- in which a student hires an independent contractor to write their assignments for them -- is on the rise; "...in samples from 2014 to present the percentage of students admitting to paying someone else to undertake their work was 15.7%, potentially representing 31 million students around the world" (Newton, 2018).