If you think you’ve discovered academic dishonesty, take these steps:

 

  1. Ask yourself: Is it Academic Negligence or Academic Dishonesty?

If you are unsure, consult this page or contact the Academic Integrity Coordinator (scott.taylor@colby.edu) to discuss the matter. Both academic dishonesty and academic negligence must be formally reported to protect the academic reputation of the College, to ensure consistency of sanctions, to hold students accountable for learning from their mistakes, and to ensure that repeat offenders are identified and sanctioned appropriately.

Academic Negligence consists of a minor unintentional lapse of ethical academic behavior. It may result from misunderstanding expectations, inadequate pre-college preparation, or inattention to differences in cultural or disciplinary citation practices. It is treated as an opportunity for further education.

If you know that academic negligence has occurred, you are required to file an academic negligence report. You can access and complete this from your course roster in MyColby. Before doing so, you are welcome to consult with the Academic Integrity Coordinator or the Dean of Students Office.

Academic Dishonesty, on the other hand, includes, but is not limited to, severe plagiarism, violating stated rules for taking an exam or completing homework, presenting another’s work as one’s own, buying or attempting to buy papers or projects for a course, knowingly facilitating others in committing academic dishonesty, misrepresentations to faculty within the context of a course.

If you believe that academic dishonesty has occurred, follow the following steps.

  1. Consult with one or more of the following: the Academic Integrity Coordinator (scott.taylor@colby.edu), the Dean of Students Office, or the concerned student.

If, after the conversation, you believe that academic dishonesty has occurred, you must file an academic dishonesty report. You can do this via your course roster or  by sending an email to the Academic Integrity Coordinator (scott.taylor@colby.edu). To find out what happens when you file a report, consult this page.

If, after the conversation, you believe that academic dishonesty has not occurred, but rather academic negligence has occurred, you must file an academic negligence report. You can do this from your course roster in MyColby. To find out what happens when you file a report, consult this page.

If, after the conversation, you believe that neither academic dishonesty nor academic negligence has occurred, the matter will not be pursued by anyone and you need not take any further steps.