Academic Honesty

Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the highest standards of honesty in the classroom, shop, or laboratory. Failure to do so is grounds for disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from Pikes Peak Community College.

Academic honesty is a fundamental value of higher education. It means that you respect the right of other individuals to express their views and that you do not plagiarize, cheat, falsify, or illegally access College records or academic work. You are expected to read, understand and follow the Student Code of Conduct.

Academic dishonesty is defined as the unauthorized use of assistance with intent to deceive a faculty member or another person assigned to evaluate work submitted to meet course and program requirements. Examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

  • the submission, in whole or part, of material prepared by another person and represented as one’s own
  • plagiarism, which is defined as the act of taking the writings, ideas, etc., of another person and passing them off as one’s own
  • the unauthorized use of notes, books, or other materials; the deliberate, unacknowledged reference to the work of another student; or the soliciting of assistance from another person during an examination
  • illegitimate possession and/or distribution of test materials or answer keys
  • unauthorized alteration, forgery, or falsification of official academic records