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Academic Integrity

RVCC Statement of Academic Integrity

Raritan Valley Community College defines academic integrity as a commitment to independent, original, and honest work. Students are expected to conduct themselves with scholarly integrity. Each incident of academic dishonesty, cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the Divisional Dean and may result in penalties, suspension or dismissal.      

Academic Dishonesty and Cheating

Examples of academic dishonesty and cheating violations include, but are not limited to:      

  • Copying graded and ungraded homework assignments from another student.
  • Working together on an assignment that the faculty member has clearly indicated is an individual assignment.
  • Looking at another student’s paper during an exam.
  • Copying another student’s computer program, class project, or assignment, and submitting it as one’s own.
  • Stealing or borrowing all or part of an exam’s questions or answers.
  • Entering a computer file without authorization.
  • Giving someone answers to exam questions before an exam or while the exam is being given.
  • Giving or selling an assignment, term paper, report, drawing, or computer program to another student for submission to the faculty member.
  • Deceiving a faculty member to improve one’s grade.
  • Falsifying data or a source of information.
  • Unauthorized use of any technology to gain access to test answers, test questions or prohibited materials such as notes, online databases and websites during a test.
  • Submitting work for a grade that the student already submitted in another class or previous semester without the current faculty member’s permission.
  • Submitting work from one course into a second course without permission from the current faculty member.


Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying answers from a textbook, website, or any other print/digital source, to submit for a grade without citations and presenting them as their own.
  • Using the instructor edition of a textbook for assignment answers without faculty authorization to do so.
  • Quoting text or other works without appropriate citations.
  • Submitting work obtained from a term paper service or taken from the Internet.
  • Submitting work written by someone else as one’s own.
  • Submitting another student’s work as one’s own.
  • Submitting a paper wholly or in substantial part using the exact phrasing of source material.
  • Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, where the original source material is simply edited with perhaps minor word changes occurring.
  • Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, splicing together sentences from scattered segments of the original. ‚Äč
  • Making up information and citations.

Read the full Code of Student Conduct. See page 40.