Academic Integrity 

Inwood Early College Academic Integrity Policy


All students are expected to conduct themselves with the highest level of academic honesty at all times. Inwood Early College regards acts of academic dishonesty as serious offenses against the values of excellence and integrity. IEC is committed to enforcing both the NYC DOE and the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the IEC Academic Integrity Procedures. Penalties for academic dishonesty include academic sanctions, such as failing or otherwise reduced grades, and/or disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.


The NYC DOE defines academic or scholastic dishonesty as including but not limited to:

a. Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of an un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test);

b. Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one’s own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source); and/or


c. Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another person in preparing written work for credit)


CUNY defines academic dishonesty as including but not limited to:

1.1 Cheating- the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Example of cheating include:

  • Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work.

  • Unauthorized collaboration on a take home assignment or examination.

  • Using notes during a closed book examination.

  • Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you.

  • Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit.

  • Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting with each instructor.

  • Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination.

  • Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including using commercial term paper services.

  • Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/ dishonesty.

  • Fabricating data (in whole or in part).

  • Falsifying data (in whole or in part).

  • Submitting someone else’s work as your own.

  • Unauthorized use during an examination of any electronic devises such as cell phones, computers or other technologies to retrieve or send information.

1.2. Plagiarism- the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writing as your own. Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying another person’s actual words or images without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.

  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.

  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.

  • Internet plagiarism, including submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, or “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.

1.3. Obtaining Unfair Advantage- any action taken by a student that gives that student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student, or an action taken by a student through which a student attempts to gain an unfair advantage in his or her academic work over another student. Examples of obtaining unfair advantage include:

  • Stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining advance access to examination materials.

  • Depriving other students of access to library materials by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them.

  • Retaining, using or circulating examination materials which clearly indicate that they should be returned at the end of the exam.

  • Intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s work

1.4. Falsification of Records and Official Documents. Examples of falsification include:

  • Forging signatures of authorization.

  • Falsifying information on an official academic record.

  • Falsifying information on an official document such as a grade report, letter of permission, drop/add form, ID card or other college document


Academic Integrity Procedures and Consequences

Students at Inwood Early College are expected to demonstrate the values of excellence and integrity and to avoid engaging in any of the behaviors noted above which reflect academic dishonesty or lack of integrity. If a student is found to have engaged in any of the behaviors deemed academically dishonest, then the following steps will occur:

  1. The student will not be given credit for the assignment or assessment and must successfully complete a make-up or alternate assignment or assessment.

  2. In addition, the student must engage in a conference with his/her parent, the student support team member, and lead administrator for his/her grade.

  3. If the student is found to have engaged in an act of academic dishonesty on more than one occasion:

    1. S/he will not be given credit for the assignment or assessment and must successfully complete a make-up or alternate assignment or assessment;

    2. S/he will serve an in school suspension following an in-person conference with his/her parent, the student support team member, and lead administrator for his/her grade.;

    3. The act of academic dishonesty will also be documented in the student’s permanent academic record; AND

    4. S/he will enter into a behavior contract that will include specific requirements/expectations regarding counseling support, alternate testing accommodations, and in school parental supervision.

  4. If a student is found to have established a pattern of academically dishonest behavior and/or involves other students in such acts, s/he will face suspension and may face expulsion if the act of academic dishonesty requires invalidation of the test/exam.