A student’s guide to negligence and dishonesty (by Ray)

(short version: Stay away from both!)

A case of Academic Negligence is reported for minor offenses, where the work in question constitutes only a small portion of the final grade for a course. This act is committed unintentionally but must still be regarded as a serious matter. Negligence may occur as a result of inadequate preparation or differences in expectations based on the student’s experiences before coming to Colby. An offense of negligence will require more education on and attention to the proper practices of academic honesty and integrity, thus, no more than one infraction should occur during a student’s time at Colby. Multiple reports of negligence may result in an offense of academic dishonesty, which is further discussed below. Common instances of academic negligence occur when a student fails to acknowledge another person’s words or research, including those of a collaborating classmate, or use of another’s work without due credit or citation. Sanctions for academic negligence are less serious than those of dishonesty, and will include an educational module on ethics and responsibility in academics.

Academic Dishonesty consists of a more serious violation of course rules and ethics. This is an intentional act of deception or misrepresentation. Academic dishonesty can occur in various forms in different disciplines of study. Deliberate failure to comply with the standards of academic integrity stated in the course syllabus or Colby College Student Handbook will result in a report of dishonesty. Additionally, repeated offenses of academic negligence can lead to a report of dishonesty, and will require a meeting of the Academic Review Board and greater sanctions for the violation. Generally, expectations in understanding ethical academic practices are higher for upperclassmen, especially seniors.