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Academic Honesty and Intellectual Integrity

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" courses.

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 course. 

2.  Plagiarism

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 of SBVC. 

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.