Cheating and plagiarism definitions should be presented in the syllabus and openly discussed in the orienting, initial class period. Cadets are expected to possess and demonstrate the highest standards of character and integrity. Cheating and any other type of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, are unacceptable behaviors. The cadet’s code must always be to conduct themselves, at all times, as a Christian and officer-in-training.
“Plagiarism (from a Latin word for “kidnapper”) is the presentation of someone else’s work as your own. Whether deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious offense. It breaks trust, and it undermines or even destroys your credibility” (Aaron, 2018, pp. 212-213). Proper citation of sources (as in this example) prevents plagiarism.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, reusing academic work from previous academic institutions, corps experience and previous CFOT courses. Also, using or copying academic work between spouses for course submission is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is dishonest and displays a lack of gratitude for the wider community of learning into which the cadet enters in study. For more information on how proper citation prevents plagiarism see “Information Literacy” in the Library section, and The Little, Brown Essential Handbook. Unicheck is an online resource that can help cadets identify and avoid plagiarism. See “Unicheck” for further guidance.
Instances of academic dishonesty should be handled by the instructor in each course by means specified in the syllabus. If an instructor suspects that a cadet has cheated or plagiarized on a test or written paper assignment, the instructor should 1) investigate the matter thoroughly and establish strong evidence before confronting anyone; 2) the instructor will then bring that evidence to the Education Officer, rather than simply consult with or confront the cadet based on “suspicions;” 3) the Education Officer will review the evidence, meet separately with both the cadet and instructor, and, after reaching a decision, inform both the instructor and the cadet. If, after consultation with the cadet and the Education Officer, the instructor continues to feel that cheating or plagiarism has taken place without an adequate resolution, it will be referred to the Director of Curriculum for follow-up. Written work that requires research handed in without citation of sources and recognition of quotes, or prepared by someone else, will receive the grade of “F or 0 credit” for any assignment and, if on a substantial assignment, may result in a failing grade for the entire course.
As an alternative for the no credit, on a first offense only, the cadet may be given grace, as a means of teaching proper formal educational requirements and behavior, and be allowed a make-up assignment for the work. The grade of any make-up assignment must be averaged with the zero credit resulting from the initial significant academic dishonesty. ARB will be informed of the offense.
A second instance of plagiarism, cheating or academic dishonesty - whether or not it is in the same course, another course, or in the overall training experience of the cadet - will be referred to the ARB as a case of severe deficiency in character and integrity. The course under review during the second incident receives an “F grade or 0 credit.” There is no option of doing additional, supplemental work to compensate for the failure. The course must be retaken in order to receive the degree. The CFOT remediation policy will be in effect. The instance will also be reported to the Director of Personnel and the Training Principal for possible further penalty.
Plagiarism, cheating or academic dishonesty, established beyond a reasonable doubt by the responsible teaching parties (cadet, instructor, Education Officer, and Director of Curriculum) will be reported by letter from the Education Officer to the Director of Personnel and the Training Principal. The letter is then placed in the cadet’s file.
Any further infractions of the above policy, exceeding a second offense, will result in presentation to CRB and may include recommendation to the Territorial Commander for dismissal from the College.