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The student is responsible for classroom behavior which is conducive to the educational process and for achieving
standards of performance established by the instructor.
The instructor has final authority in all matters relating to course content, grading practices, and classroom procedures,
consistent with the philosophy, purposes, and established policies of the college. A course grade is the final responsibility
of the instructor. As a member of the college community, a student is expected to act responsibly in all areas of personal
and social conduct. The College reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose scholarship or
deportment does not meet the standards of Florida Keys Community College.
Violations of the standards of conduct contained herein will, in most cases, be treated as college disciplinary matters.
However, in certain situations, the application of civil and criminal law and/or the injunction process will be employed in
order to preserve the system of order and freedom necessary for the maintenance of an educational environment. Any
individual or group action which results in or threatens denial of any of the following may result in the application of civil
or criminal law or in an injunction: freedom of access or movement, disruption of classes or activities, destruction or illegal
occupation of college property, trespass; personal jeopardy to any member or guest of the College community.
Offenses involving the use or possession of firearms, lethal weapons, drugs and alcoholic beverages, although essentially
civil matters which address themselves to the discretion of local, state and federal authorities, may subject the possessor or
user to college discipline when such offenses and their effects adversely interfere with the well-being of, or reflect on, the
College or members of the College community.
Academic Integrity
Florida Keys Community College is committed to academic integrity. As an institution of higher education, we affirm
the core values of diligence, civility, and honesty in the pursuit of truth. To this end, academic integrity is reinforced by
standards of conduct that uphold honesty and personal responsibility. All academic work submitted by students is assumed
to be the result of the student’s own thoughts, research and self expression. Any suspicion of dishonesty in academic
activities is taken very seriously because it undermines the atmosphere of respect essential to learning. Faculty will not
tolerate academic dishonesty in any form, including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, violation of copyright laws and
misuse of college and personal computers. Some examples of cheating and/or plagiarism include, but are not limited to,
the following:
• asking or giving another student information during a test
• copying answers from another student’s paper or intentionally allowing someone to copy from one’s own paper
during a test
• using materials prohibited by the instructor during a test
• impersonating another student or having another person assume one’s identity
• copying material exactly, paraphrasing or using an idea without proper citations
• stealing an exam or possessing a stolen copy of an exam
• submitting the same assignment to another class without permission of the instructor
• inappropriately or unethically acquiring material via the internet to be turned in for an assignment
A range of actions may be taken by a faculty member if a student is caught cheating. The specific action occurs at the
faculty member’s discretion and each faculty member should state his/her policy on cheating in the syllabus for the class.
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