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SMC|Student Services|Honor Council|Upholding Academic Integrity

Upholding Academic Integrity

By: Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones, Professor of Microbiology & College Ombudsperson

  • Scholarship is a useful and lifelong skill.  Be a scholar. 
  • Maintain the appearance of scholarship—especially if an instructor has been the victim of academic dishonesty. 
  • Use the rest room before the exam.
  • Be prepared.  Bring the correct materials to the exam.
  • Sit apart from your friends and lab partners.
  • For inspiration, look at the ceiling, look at the floor, look anywhere but at your classmate’s paper.
  • Cover your own paper to prevent borrowing by roving eyes.
  • Direct any questions to the instructor, not the student in the next chair.
  • Be patient.  There’s one instructor, and there are lots of students.