Original thinking and intellectual honesty are central to a college education. Research projects require the ongoing use of existing works, but students must conduct themselves with proper regard for the rights of others and of the college, in a context of mutual respect, integrity and reason. Activities such as plagiarism and cheating are not acceptable and will not be condoned by the college. Students involved in such activities are subject to serious disciplinary action.
The following are presented as examples of academic dishonesty:
- Misrepresenting academic work done by someone else as one’s own efforts, with or without permission of the person.
- Providing or using prohibited assistance in assignments and examinations.
- Unauthorized communication in any manner with other students during an examination; collaboration in the preparation of reports or take-home examinations; copying, giving aid or failing to follow the faculty member’s instructions.
- Tampering with or falsifying official college records.
- Infringing upon the right of other students to fair and equal access to college library materials and comparable academic resources.
- Falsification of data collected for and presented as part of course requirements.
- Presenting as one’s own ideas, another person’s work or words without proper acknowledgement.
There may be other instances of academic dishonesty, which will be identified by a faculty member. Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at Lakes Region CC . There is the expectation that coursework will be done honestly, whether in lab projects, on examinations, or for term papers. The individual faculty member will make the initial response to an occurrence of academic dishonesty. The instructor should discuss the matter with the student, and should include what happened to cause the instructor to think cheating had taken place. The instructor should be specific: cheating was seen first-hand, cheating was reported by another student, work handed in was of much higher quality than usual, etc. Judicial Procedural levels in the Student Handbook outline consequences and procedures.
Students whose academic performance warrants recommendation and recognition will receive academic honors.
The President's List recognizes students enrolled in a degree or professional certificate program carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours and earning a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
The Vice President's List recognizes students enrolled in a degree or professional certificate program carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours and earning a grade point average of 3.3 to 3.74.
At the graduation ceremony, the student with the highest cumulative grade point average in an Associate Degree program receives recognition as the class valedictorian. The student must complete a minimum of 64 credits at this college, exclusive of transfer credits and waivers. Competition for this award has traditionally been very strong, with students winning by fractions of a point.
National Honor Society
The College is affiliated with Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for two-year colleges. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, degree matriculation status, and a minimum completion of 12 credits may be inducted into the honor society.
Under the Audit Policy, students may enroll in courses which provide an opportunity to assess their ability to do college work, explore a discipline of interest, refresh prior learning, or supplement existing knowledge. Typically, a student attends lectures, seminars and/or labs but does not complete graded assignments (unless agreed upon with the instructor). When enrolled as an audit, the student will not be given a final grade, nor will credit towards graduation be given for the course (the academic transcript will reflect an AU for the course).
Student must pay the full tuition for the course. Financial Aid does not cover costs for an audited course.
Not all courses can be taken for audit, and entry into a course as an auditing student is by permission of the instructor. A student must complete a registration as an audit during the first week of classes. Once admitted as an audit, the student may not change to credit status after the designated add period; likewise, a student registered for credit may not change to audit status after the designated add period.
The Vice President of Academic Affairs may make exceptions to the above.
Students must successfully complete a prerequisite course before enrolling in the next course. The course description section of the college catalog notes prerequisites. A failing grade in a prerequisite will prevent a student from taking the next course. Students may use courses from other colleges to meet prerequisites. The department chair or academic vice president determines transfer credit. See the section on Transfer Credit for further information.
Some courses have a co-requisite course requirement, which means that the course must be taken simultaneously with another course. A co-requisite may be satisfied if taken in a prior semester. Students should review all co-requisite requirements with their advisor.