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At Cabarrus College, we groom you for your intended healthcare profession. You will be expected to present yourself in accordance with the guidelines established for your intended profession and to project a professional image through your actions as well as your appearance. College guidelines for appropriate behaviors are reflective of our core values and are articulated in the Student Code of Conduct, College Creed, and Dress Code.

Student Code of Conduct
Students enrolled at Cabarrus College are expected to:

  • Engage in safe and professional behaviors on campus, online, and at clinical and fieldwork sites. (Professional behaviors include, but are not limited to: treating others with respect, wearing appropriate attire, wearing identification badge as required, maintaining patient confidentiality, avoiding the use of obscene, offensive, or threatening language, and refraining from behaviors that are destructive, threatening, or violent.) 
  • Regularly attend classes, labs, clinicals, and fieldwork experiences 
  • Be honest and report acts of dishonesty, fraud, or theft 
  • Maintain academic and copyright integrity 
  • Maintain a drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free environment 
  • Report physical, emotional, or behavioral limitations or illnesses that could limit clinical performance 
  • Meet financial obligations to the college 
  • Notify the college of any existing or new criminal charges, convictions, or sanctions 
  • Comply with college, program, clinical, and fieldwork site policies

Students who fail to adhere to the college's values or to abide by the Student Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to report a criminal charge, conviction, or sanction in writing to the Provost within the specified time frames could be grounds for immediate termination of participation in clinical activity. Additional information on student conduct, criminal charges and convictions, grievances, and the appeal process can be found in the College Catalog. Download the Appeal Checklist Form.

Academic Integrity
When you enter the halls of Cabarrus College, you quickly discover that faculty, staff, and students demonstrate caring attitudes, teamwork, commitment, and integrity in all that they do. As members of the College community, students are expected to maintain the highest ethical and academic standards, to respect the privacy and confidentiality of others, and to be honest and objective at all times. Students are expected to do their own work and give appropriate credit to the work of others. Cheating, plagiarism, falsification of records, unauthorized copying, and any other dishonest act will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.

Types of Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words, ideas, or results without giving that person appropriate credit or recycling/reusing one’s original work in another academic exercise.. To avoid plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and both direct quotation and paraphrasing must be cited properly according to the accepted format for the particular discipline or as required by the instructor in a course. Some common examples of plagiarism are:

  • Copying word for word (i.e. quoting directly) from an oral, printed, or electronic source without proper attribution.
  • Paraphrasing without proper attribution, i.e., presenting in one’s own words another person’s written words or ideas as if they were one’s own.
  • Submitting a purchased or downloaded term paper or other materials to satisfy a course requirement.
  • Incorporating into ones’ work, graphs, drawings, photographs, diagrams, tables, spreadsheets, computer programs, or other non-textual material from other sources without proper attribution of credit.
  • Self-plagiarism (text-recycling), which is the act of reusing (recycling) portions of work that were either previously published or submitted in one assignment to meet the requirements of another assignment without prior permission of the instructors involved and appropriate citation.

Cheating: Cheating is the use of inappropriate or prohibited materials, information, sources, or aids in any academic exercise. Cheating also includes submitting papers, research results and reports, analyses, etc. as one’s own work when they were, in fact, prepared by others. Some common examples are: \

  • Receiving research, programming, data collection, or analytical assistance from others or working with another student on an assignment where such help is not permitted.
  • Copying another student’s work or answers on a quiz or examination.
  • Using or possessing books, notes, calculators, cell phones, or other prohibited devices or materials during a quiz or examination.
  • Submitting the same work or major portions thereof to satisfy the requirements of more than one course without permission from the instructors involved.
  • Preprogramming a calculator or other electronic device to contain answers, formulas, or other unauthorized information for use during a quiz or examination.
  • Acquiring a copy of an examination from an unauthorized source prior to the examination.
  • Having a substitute take an examination in one’s place.
  • Submitting as one’s own work a term paper or other assignment prepared by someone else.

Fabrication: Fabrication is the invention or falsification of sources, citations, data, or results, and recording or reporting them in any academic exercise. Some examples are:

  • Citing a source that does not exist.
  • Making up or falsifying evidence or data or other source materials.
  • Falsifying or presenting fictional patient information as real to fulfill requirements for work assigned by individual faculty members or clinical preceptors.
  • Falsifying research papers or reports by selectively omitting or altering data that do not support one’s conclusions or claimed experimental precision.

Facilitation of Dishonesty: Facilitation of dishonesty is knowingly or negligently allowing one’s work to be used by other students without prior approval of the instructor or otherwise aiding others in committing violations of academic integrity. A student who intentionally facilitates a violation of academic integrity can be considered as culpable as the student who receives the impermissible assistance, even if the facilitator does not benefit personally from the violation. Some examples are:

  • Collaborating before a quiz or examination to develop methods of exchanging information.
  • Knowingly allowing others to copy answers to work on a quiz or examination or assisting others to do so.
  • Distributing an examination from an unauthorized source prior to the examination.
  • Distributing or selling a term paper to other students.
  • Taking an examination for another student.

Academic Sabotage: Academic sabotage is deliberately impeding the academic progress of others. Some examples are:

  • Intentionally destroying or obstructing another student’s work.
  • Stealing or defacing books, journals, or other library or College materials.
  • Altering computer files that contain data, reports or assignments belonging to another student.
  • Removing posted or reserve material or otherwise preventing other students’ access to it.

Communication Protocol

Communication plays a key role in creating and fostering strong, positive relationships between and among students, faculty, staff, and administration. Communication is bidirectional and includes the effective delivery of information as well as the ability and willingness to receive information and respond to the other.

A communication protocol is a set of guidelines for routine communications and problem solving within an organization. This communication protocol is intended to describe the Cabarrus College expectations which promote respectful communication and effective issue resolution among students, staff, faculty, and administration.

Social Media Guidelines
Before posting online, consider if what you say conveys pride in being a member of Cabarrus College.

  • Think before you post. 
  • Realize your posts are public. Even with privacy settings, your photographs and information may be accessible by others for years to come. 
  • Respect the rights of others. Use the same discretion as in face-to-face interactions, phone, or email communications-avoid hiding behind anonymity, be polite, and keep comments appropriate. Refrain from posting anything profane, libelous, hateful, harassing, slanderous, or obscene. 
  • Protect confidential information, including information about patients, students, employees, and friends. 
  • Posting during class, clinicals, or work hours should occur only if it is part of the course assignment or work duties.