Academic Honor Code 

Joliet Junior College acknowledges the importance of honest academic behavior. The objective of the Academic Honor Code is to sustain a learning-centered environment in which all students are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and responsibility, and to recognize the importance of being accountable for one’s academic behavior.

Click to download the Academic Honor Code (PDF).

The Holt Handbook provides a detailed explanation of plagiarism in Chapter 15, and The Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers provides a detailed explanation of plagiarism on pages 540-544. The minimum penalty for students who plagiarize will be a zero on the assignment. More severe penalties may be implemented by the instructor, including failure of the course, and a referral to the Dean of Students for academic dishonesty.

Classroom Behaviors Covered by Honor Code

Acts of academic dishonesty include:

  • Cheating--intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids; use of any unauthorized assistance, resources, materials or electronic/cellular devices with or without photographic capability in taking quizzes, tests or examinations and the acquisition, without permission, of a test or other academic material belonging to Joliet Junior College, to any department, or to any staff.
  • Plagiarism--the reproduction of ideas, words or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgement, or use of an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  • Unauthorized Collaboration--intentionally sharing or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.
  • Falsification and Fabrication--intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation furnished to any college official, faculty member or office.
  • Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty--permitting or attempting to help another to violate the Academic Honor Code; alteration or sabotage of another student's work, such as tampering with laboratory experiments.


An academic environment has expectations of both students and faculty. Academic honesty requires a shared commitment to the highest standards for learning.

Students have the responsibility to:

  1. Be fully knowledgeable of the Academic Honor Code
  2. Produce their own work
  3. Encourage honesty among their fellow students

Faculty has the responsibility to:

  1. Review classroom expectations with respect to all aspects of academic honesty
  2. Inform the student directly about any charges of academic dishonesty
  3. Refer students to the Office of the Dean of Students in a consistently applied manner


The procedures are as follows:

   1. The student must be notified by the instructor of the specific Academic Honor Code violation(s), including a detailed explanation of the violation(s) and the evidence the instructor has to support their allegation.  The notification should be in person.  In the notification meeting it should also be explained what course academic sanction will be applied.  This should correspond with the information provided in the course syllabus.  A Report Form for Academic Honor Code Violations  (PDF) form must be printed and  completed. 

   2. The student has the opportunity to appeal in writing to the department chair within 5 calendar days of notice.  The student should be directed to the departmental office to make an appointment.

   3. The instructor notifies the department chair and the Dean of Students about the academic violation.  Instructors may use the online Incident Reporting Form, found here.

   4. Instructors:  Please indicate if the consequences for the violation will include an "F" for the course. 

   5. Students:  A hold will be placed on your academic records until the entire process is completed.

   6. If the department chair refuses or fails to meet with the student, the student has the ability to meet with the dean of the academic department.

   7. The student can make a final appeal in writing to the dean of the academic department.

   8. The dean of the academic department has the option to work with the Dean of Students in conducting an investigation and determining outcome.  The academic dean's decision is final. 

   9. The dean of the academic department will notify the student in writing as to the final outcome.

   10. The final decision is forwarded to the Dean of Students

   11. Notice is sent from the Dean of Students to the student. 

Here is the Report Form for Academic Dishonesty (PDF), and

the Incident Reporting Form (online form).


Beyond the actions imposed by the instructor within the course where academic dishonesty has occurred, a student referred to the Dean of Students will have his/her name entered into a database and held for five years time. The student will also be required to attend an academic integrity workshop.  Information is on the Dean of Students webpage.

Upon receipt of a second referral, full conduct violation proceedings will be employed. All sanctions imposed will be determined by a judicial hearing and will be developmental in nature.  The student will have the right to appeal through the Student Code of Conduct.

We are intellectually indebted to Oakton, Pueblo Community College and Truman College in the creation of this code.

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