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Responsibilities and Definitions for Students

Irvine Valley College actively promotes academic and institutional honesty. Academic dishonesty runs counter to a healthy intellectual environment and tarnishes the educational opportunities offered.

Students may be disciplined for academic dishonesty as described in the following. Disciplinary actions range from a verbal reprimand, to a written reprimand, to disciplinary probation, to suspension, to expulsion. For further information, students may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, 949-451-5214.


  1. Forging signatures on official documents such as admissions cards/documents and financial aid applications.
  2. Changing or attempting to change official academic records without proper sanction.
  3. Misrepresenting or falsifying successful completion of prerequisites.
  4. Providing false information, such as immigration materials, during the admission or matriculation process.
  5. Falsifying one's identification or falsely using another's identification.
  6. Logging in or otherwise gaining access to a computer, computer network or protected website using the password or identity of another.
  7. Citation of data or information not actually in the source indicated.
  8. Including in a reference list of works cited a text or other information source which was not used in constructing the essay, paper or other academic exercise.
  9. Submission in a paper, lab report or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
  10. Submitting as the student's own work any academic exercises (e.g., written work, printing, sculpture, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another.
  11. Taking a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for the student.


Students should be advised to state the source of ideas when these are known, since this lends strength to their answers and is part of the ethics of scholarship.

Plagiarism is any conduct in academic work or programs involving misrepresentation of someone else's words, ideas or data as one's original work, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Intentionally representing as one's own work the work, words, ideas or arrangement of ideas, research, formulae, diagrams, statistics, or evidence of another.
  2. Taking sole credit for ideas and/or written work that resulted from a collaboration with others.
  3. Paraphrasing or quoting material without citing the source.
  4. Submitting as one's own a copy of or the actual work of another person, either in part or in entirety, without appropriate citation (e.g., term-paper mill or Internet derived products).
  5. Sharing computer files and programs or written papers and then submitting individual copies of the results as one's own individual work.
  6. Submitting substantially the same material in more than one course without prior authorization from each instructor involved
  7. Modifying another's work and representing it as one's own work.


Cheating is the use of any unauthorized materials, or information in academic work, records or programs, the intentional failure to follow express directives in academic work, records or programs, and/or assisting others to do the same including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Knowingly procuring, providing, or accepting unauthorized examination materials or study aids.
  2. Completing, in part or in total, any examination or assignment for another person.
  3. Knowingly allowing any examination or assignment to be completed, in part or in total, for himself or herself by another person (e.g., take-home exams or online assignments which have been completed by someone other than the student).
  4. Copying from another student's test, paper, lab report or other academic assignment.
  5. Copying another student's test answers.
  6. Copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student's assignment, homework lab reports, or computer programs and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one's own.
  7. Using unauthorized sources of information such as crib sheets, answers stored in a calculator, or unauthorized electronic devices.
  8. Storing answers in electric devices and allowing other students to use the information without the consent of the instructor.
  9. Employing aids excluded by the instructor in undertaking coursework.
  10. Looking at another student's exam during a test.
  11. Using texts or other reference materials (including dictionaries) when not authorized to do so.
  12. Knowingly gaining access to unauthorized data.
  13. Altering graded class assignments or examinations and then resubmitting them for regrading or reconsideration without the knowledge and consent of the instructor.