FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Academic Honesty

What is cheating?

Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining, or attempting to obtain, or aiding another to obtain academic credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means such as copying, either in part or in whole, from another’s test or examination; giving or receiving an examination without the permission of the instructor; using or displaying notes, “cheat sheets,” allowing someone other than the officially enrolled student to represent the student, etc.

What happens if I am caught cheating on a test or assignment?

Your instructor will fail your for that particular test or assignment. Since cheating is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, your instructor may also refer you to the Vice President of Student Services for disciplinary action.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were your own, without giving credit to the source. Such an act is not plagiarism if it is ascertained that the ideas were arrived at through independent reasoning or logic or where the thought or idea is common knowledge.

What happens if I plagiarize an assignment?

Your instructor will fail your for that particular test or assignment. Since cheating is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, your instructor may also refer you to the Vice President of Student Services for disciplinary action.

What is the Student Code of Conduct?

It is a document that addresses proper student behavior while a student at any college in the Kern Community College District (of which Porterville College is a part of), lists out the various behaviors a student can be disciplined for, explains the various sanctions that can be imposed upon a student, and the process for a discipline hearing if necessary.

Where can I get a copy of the Student Code of Conduct?

The Student Code of Conduct is found on the KCCD website that can be accessed from the Porterville College webpage. Go to www.portervillecollege.edu, on the right click on “KCCD Home Page” and then click on “Board Policy” on the left under the “Service and Information” section. Then you can find it in Section 4.You can also get a copy from the Vice President of Student Services in AC-126.

What happens if I violate the provisions in the Student Code of Conduct?

Depending on the violation and any disciplinary history you may or may not have, you could be warned, reprimanded, made to pay restitution, suspended, or even expelled.

Does the campus suspend or expel students for violations?

Yes, depending on the violation. In all cases of suspension or expulsion, the student is afforded due process through a disciplinary hearing.

Can I appeal the disciplinary decision?

All suspension and expulsion recommendations are made by the Hearing Panel to the President. Based upon the evidence cited, the President's decision is final. However, under certain circumstances, the accused has the right to appeal the College President's decision. The appeal may be made on the following grounds only: 1) The Student Conduct Policy and/or Procedures were violated, and the violation resulted in demonstrable unfairness to the accused; or 2) relevant new evidence exists which was previously unavailable and which would substantially affect the findings of the Hearing Panel.