Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct (Board Policy 5500). The College has the responsibility to ensure that grades assigned are indicative of the knowledge and skill level of each student. Acts of academic dishonesty make it impossible to fulfill this responsibility.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and misuse of College computers and software. Disciplinary actions may include an oral reprimand, a failing grade on all or part of a particular paper, project, or examination, or the assignment of an “F” grade in cases where the dishonesty is more serious, premeditated, or a repeat offense. Serious or repeated offenses may also result in suspension from the College.

The Academic Honesty procedure was developed by the Merced College Academic Senate and is administered by the Office of the Vice President of Student Personnel (Board Policy 5540). Copies are available from the Office of Student Personnel.