Academic Integrity Policy

All students are responsible for maintaining high standards of honesty and integrity when completing assignments for their courses. Any student found to have committed academic dishonesty, including plagiarism or cheating, will face academic penalties.

Plagiarism consists of passing off the words or ideas of another as one's own and is a serious form of academic dishonesty. The College expects that every assignment, such as essays, research papers, lab reports, oral presentations, and examinations, be the product of the student whose name appears on the work. Every assignment must credit the sources from which information is obtained. A student can and should consult his/her faculty when particular questions arise as to when and how to properly acknowledge the work of others within his/her own oral or written expression.

Cheating is defined as the use of notes, slips, copying or other illegal means to give or receive answers during examinations or on assignments. As with plagiarism, students found guilty of this form of academic dishonesty subject themselves to severe academic sanctions up to and including expulsion from the College. Additionally, re-using research papers for different courses is another form of cheating and will be subject to appropriate academic sanction.
If a student is found to have violated the Fisher College Academic Integrity Policy, the following penalties, at a minimum, will be imposed.
  • The student will receive a penalty based on the severity of the violation. Violations are categorized as follows:

       - Type 1 Violations involve submitting the same assignment in more than one class without prior approval, or unauthorized copying, sharing or collaboration on assignments (assignments include discussion board postings, homework, essays and other types of class requirements)

      - Type 2 Violations involve cheating on a quiz/exam, plagiarizing a substantial portion of a paper (recommended guideline 20 percent* or more), or purchasing or submitting work completed by someone else on any type of assignment

At a minimum, all violations will result in a zero for the assignment/assessment in question.

  • For any academic integrity violation, a violation report will be completed by the instructor. The student will be informed in person or via email by the faculty member of the sanction that is being imposed. The report will be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs where the notification will be kept in the student’s permanent record in the Registrar’s office.


  • After the second Type 2 violation, the student will receive the faculty imposed sanction and will be required to meet with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The student will be placed on Academic Warning for the remainder of their tenure at Fisher College. In addition, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine any additional sanctions for this second Type 2 violation.


  • Subsequent Type 2 violations during the student’s enrollment at Fisher College will require a meeting with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will result in additional sanctions including failure of the course or suspension from the College for the remainder of that semester or term. Suspended students will be able to petition to return to the College no sooner than six months after dismissal.


  • If a student wishes to appeal a violation, they must do so within 14 days of the notification of their sanction. The appeal will be considered by an ad-hoc committee comprised of three (3) full-time faculty members who are not directly involved in the case. The decision of the appeals committee is final. Appeals can be made by contacting the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


search login