Academic Honesty and Intellectual Integrity
All of SBVC's policies about academic honesty and intellectual integrity apply to
online, hybrid, and ITV classes as well 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
By using your unique userID and unique password to access the District-sponsored Learning
Management System, you are affirming, in fact, that you are the person registered
for the course, the person doing the work for the course, and the person getting the
credit for the course. 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
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. "The computer 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 the District-sponsored Learning Manage System 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
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.