Academic Honesty and Intellectual Integrity
All of SBVC's policies about academic honesty and intellectual integrity apply to
online, hybrid, and ITV classes as wall as more traditional on-campus classes. But
there are some specific issues that need to be highlighted for these "Distance Education"
1. The person doing the work is the person getting the credit
On the Blackboard splash screen there is an affirmation. By using your userID and
password you are, in fact, the person registered for the course and the person getting
the credit. It is a violation of the academic honesty and intellectual integrity
policies of SBVC to log in to someone else's account and pretend to be that person.
Furthermore, there is a module on the Institution tab, the first screen that you see
after you log in, with another affirmation. By clicking a course link you are, in
fact, the person registered for that course and the person getting credit for that
Students have often been rewarded for copying and pasting something from the internet
into their own papers without proper citation. But this practice is plagiarism.
And plagiarism is a violation of the academic honesty and intellectual integrity policies
3. "Blackboard ate my homework"
It might be convenient to blame technology for everything. But that practice fails
to recognize that students are responsible for their own computer access and stable
internet connection. Although Blackboard will, from time to time, have problems,
students need to accept responsibility for their own actions, actions that might be
conveniently blamed on an impersonal component of technology such as Blackboard.
In the spring of 2014, SBVC's Academic Senate held rigorous debates about the elements
of academic integrity at the college. The agendas and minutes recording those debates
can be found on the SBVC website at the Academic Senate
link. This extensive discussion demonstrates that SBVC takes academic integrity
very seriously, not only for DE classes but for all classes throughout the college.