Grading Systems / Policies
Every member of the Ramapo community is expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Since violations of academic integrity erode community confidence and undermine the pursuit of truth and knowledge at the College; academic dishonesty must be avoided. There are four broad forms of academic dishonesty:
Cheating is an act of deception by which a student misrepresents his or her mastery of material on a test or other academic exercise. Examples of cheating are:
- Copying from another students work
- Allowing another student to copy your work
- Using unauthorized materials such as a textbook or notebook during an examination
- Using specifically prepared materials such as notes written on clothing or other unauthorized notes, formula lists, etc., during an examination
- Collaborating with another person during an examination by giving or receiving information without authority.
To avoid a charge of plagiarism, a student should be sure to include an acknowledgment of indebtedness:
- Whenever he or she quotes another persons words directly
- Whenever he or she uses another persons ideas, opinions, or theories, even if they have been completely paraphrased in ones own words
- Whenever he or she uses facts, statistics, or other illustrative material taken from a source, unless the information is common knowledge.
- Changing, altering, falsifying, or being the accessory to the changing, altering, or falsifying of a grade report or form, or entering any College office or building for that purpose
- Stealing, buying, selling, giving way, or otherwise obtaining all or part of any unadministered test or entering any College office or building for the purpose of obtaining an unadministered test
- Submitting written work to fulfill the requirements of more than one course without the explicit permission of both instructors.
- Discarding policies governing use of human subjects or animals in research.
- Citation of information not taken from the source indicated
- Listing of sources in a bibliography or other report not used in that project
- Altering, stealing and/or falsifying research data used in research reports, theses, or dissertations.
- Submission as ones own of any academic work prepared in whole or in part by others
- Taking a test for another person or asking or allowing another to take a test for you
- Falsifying information or signatures on registration, withdrawal, or other forms.
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