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Academic Honesty

Cleveland Community College expects students to practice academic honesty at all times. Academic dishonesty refers to cheating on tests, examinations, projects, and other assigned work.

Plagiarism, a very serious form of academic dishonesty, is work that has been written by someone other than the student submitting the work or work obtained from an undocumented or improperly documented resource. Students are responsible for documenting both direct quotations and paraphrased material. Direct quotations must appear within quotation marks and must be documented. Paraphrased material (written in the student's own words but taken from another source) must also be documented completely and accurately.

When a suspected incidence of academic dishonesty occurs, the College will follow these procedures:

  1. The faculty member must complete the College's "Academic Dishonesty Incident Report" and will ask the student to sign the Report. If the student refuses to sign the Report, the faculty member will note (on the Report) the student's refusal to sign the Report.
  2. The faculty member must submit the Report immediately to the appropriate divisional dean, the appropriate vice president, and to Student Services.
  3. The Report will be submitted to the Registrar’s office in Student Services for placement in the student's academic file. The content of the Report will be in effect even if the student refuses to sign the document. Submission of the Report indicates to Student Services that an "F" should be entered on the student’s transcript for the appropriate course.
  4. The student will not have the opportunity to withdraw from the course or change from credit to audit status for that course.

The student has the right to appeal the Academic Honesty decision. In order to appeal, the student must request a meeting with the instructor to resolve the academic honesty incident. The student must explain to the instructor why the student considers the violation of academic honesty to be incorrect. If the instructor is not available, the student must see the discipline coordinator or the department chair to schedule an appointment with the instructor.

If the matter is not resolved through discussions with the instructor, the student may file a formal written appeal to the Vice President of Academic Programs. The appeal must contain a statement of the problem, description of attempts to resolve the matter directly with the instructor, relevant information and documentation in support of the appeal, and the suggested remedy concerning the academic honesty incident. Once a written appeal is made, the student may continue to attend class until the allegation is resolved.

The Vice President of Academic Programs will review the materials and confer with the student, instructor, and others, as needed to investigate the allegation. The Vice President of Academic Programs will render a decision within 30 calendar days after receiving the student’s appeal. All parties involved in the appeals process receive notice of the decision through official College email.

Students who are found guilty of committing a second act of academic dishonesty (determined by the College’s established procedures set forth in this document) will receive a grade of "F" in the course in which academic dishonesty has occurred and will also be suspended from all College courses, programs, and activities for one year according to the following timetable:

Term of Suspension

Term of Readmission


Fall of the next year


Spring of the next year


Summer of the next year

More than two instances of academic dishonesty will result in denial of enrollment for a period of five (5) calendar years from the date of suspension.