Academic Dishonesty

Bellevue College students are responsible for meeting the academic standards and expectations established by each of their instructors. This includes maintaining standards of academic integrity.  Students should check their class syllabus to see what are the expectations for each assignments and the consequences for academic dishonesty. Most instructors will give the assignment a zero.  Students can also be referred to Student Conduct for academic dishonesty under the Student Conduct Code of Bellevue College (WAC 132H-126).

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty at Bellevue College includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.

  • Cheating includes any attempt to give or obtain unauthorized assistance relating to the completion of an academic assignment.  This can include working with a classmate on homework or a take-home test without permission from the instructor.
  • Plagiarism includes using the ideas, writings, or work of another person, without proper citation, to complete an academic assignment. It can also include submitting projects, papers and other assignments for credit when you have submitted the same assignment for credit in another course. The Academic Success Center offers tips for avoiding plagiarism.
  • Fabrication includes falsifying data, information, or citations in completing an academic assignment.  It also includes providing false or deceptive information to an instructor about completing an assignment.

Other types of dishonesty are also prohibited.  These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Forging, altering, or submitting falsified (fake) documents.  An example of this would be forging a parent, instructor or counselor signature on registration forms.
  • Misusing any college document, record, or instrument of identification.
  • Tampering with an election conducted by or for college students.
  • Furnishing false information, or failing to furnish correct information, in response to the request or requirement of a college officer or employee.  The most common example is giving a fake name to avoid trouble.

Resources and Support

A number of resources are available to students to help students better understand and prevent academic dishonesty.

Reporting Dishonesty

Faculty, staff, and students can report academic dishonesty online using the Academic Misconduct Report Form. If you have questions about whether a behavior is a possible violation, please contact the Manager of Student Conduct.

Last Updated October 14, 2021