Academic Ethics

Academic Ethics

Cyprus College maintains a policy on academic ethics as part of its effort to maintain the integrity of its academic processes. Students must understand what academic integrity is and what the most common violations are. Academic honesty should be the concern of the entire Cyprus College community. Academic dishonesty involves acts which may affect the integrity of the educational process at Cyprus College. Plagiarism and cheating are examples of academic dishonesty and are unacceptable at Cyprus College. Plagiarism is presenting the work of somebody else as one’s own. Cheating in examinations is giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after examinations.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the College Director, takes disciplinary action in cases of proven academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism and unethical behaviour.

Students who fail to comply with the rules and regulations of the College may subject themselves to sanctions ranging from failure in the assigned course in which the offence occurred to suspension or dismissal from the College.


Policy on Academic Ethics

Honour and integrity are expected from all students of Cyprus College. It is expected, therefore, that behaviour that is detrimental to the College's role as an academic institution be reported to appropriate Teaching Personnel.  Plagiarism and Cheating on examinations are examples of academic dishonesty and are, therefore, unacceptable.


Plagiarism is presenting the work of somebody else as one's own. It includes the following:

  1. submission of another student's work as one's own;
  2. paraphrasing or summarizing without acknowledgement;
  3. direct quoting or word-for-word copying of all or part of the work of another without identification or acknowledgement;
  4. failure to acknowledge the source(s) of ideas or phrases / sentences / paragraphs taken from another person's work;
  5. submission as one's own work purchased, borrowed or stolen research, papers or projects.



Cheating on examinations is giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after examinations such as:

  1. collaboration before the examination when such collaboration  is specifically forbidden by the instructor;
  2. any kind of collaboration during the examination, unless specifically allowed by the instructor;
  3. the use of notes, books or other aids during an examination, unless permitted by the instructor
  4. looking upon another student's examination papers during the examination period;
  5. allowing another student to look upon one's examination papers during the examination period;
  6. arranging for another person to take an examination in one's place;
  7. the passing of any examination information to students who have not yet taken the examination.


Penalties and Procedures

A Teaching Personnel member may take one or a combination of the following in cases of plagiarism or cheating;

  1. requiring rewriting of a paper containing plagiarised material;
  2. lowering of a paper or project grade;
  3. giving a failing grade on a paper containing plagiarized material;
  4. giving a failing grade on an examination in which cheating occurred;
  5. lowering a course grade;
  6. giving a failure grade in course;
  7. referring a case to the Disciplinary Committee for further action that may include academic suspension or expulsion.


Teaching Personnel members are expected to report in writing to the Registrar's Office (through their respective Program Coordinator) all the sanctions they impose, along with a brief description of the incident.  In addition, if a Teaching Personnel member announces a failing grade in the course as a possible result of academic dishonesty, the student receiving such a penalty will not be permitted to withdraw from the course.