Academic Ethics

Students are responsible for meeting a high ethical standard in their academic work. Academic misconduct occurs when a student misrepresents others work as their own or otherwise behaves so as to advantage unfairly themself or another student academically. Any member of the Occidental community who believes that a student has engaged in misconduct of academic work should promptly report the possible misconduct to the Judicial Examiner. The Judicial Examiner is a disinterested third party who will ensure that procedures designed to respect the rights and responsibilities of all involved are followed. Key concepts, definitions, roles, procedures, and sanctions that constitute the policy by which charges of academic misconduct are handled can be found in the Student Handbook.