The community of New England Culinary Institute is strongly committed to the integrity of the learning process; students are expected to uphold the standards of academic honesty at all times.
Academic Dishonesty includes acts that compromise the integrity of the educational process at NECI. Any member of the academic community is encouraged to bring concerns regarding academic honesty to the Instructor, Department Chair, Academic Advisor, Director of Academic Services or appointed designee. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Plagiarism is defined as "intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own without providing proper documentation of source in a footnote, endnote, or intra-textual note". Plagiarism may occur in the use of written or electronic resources.
Cheating is defined as "intentionally using, or attempting to use, unauthorized materials, information, teaching notes, or study aids in any academic exercise".
Fabrication is defined as "intentional and unauthorized falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise".
This refers to instances in which students – each claiming sole authorship – submit separate reports that are substantially similar to one another. Specific faculty instructions regarding the need to do individual or group work must be followed. Participation in Academically Dishonest Activities: Participating or assisting in any manner in acts constituting academic dishonesty.
Honesty in any college class is critical to your success as a student, whether on ground or online. New England Culinary Institute is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards possible related to student academic performance in our online and face-to-face classes and the Academic Honesty policy published in the Student Handbook applies in the online environment. Additionally, the following guidelines apply to the use of the learning management system to ensure that academic credit is awarded only to the student enrolled in the course. Use of the learning platform constitutes understanding of these guidelines. As a NECI student, when you are given access to Moodle, certain behaviors are expected:
Instructors who suspect academic dishonesty will speak to the student to seek resolution, document the meeting, and report the incident to the Academic Advising Office. If the dishonesty requires a more formal response, the Academic Advisor will promptly call an academic review consisting of faculty, the program Department Chair, and/or other academic personnel. The Committee will make a recommendation regarding further disciplinary action. The student will receive the findings of that committee in writing from the Academic Advising Office. The Director of Academic Services will handle any appeals from that decision.
Depending on the severity of the offense, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
All incidents of Academic Dishonesty are considered to be disciplinary violations and are recorded in the student’s academic file. At the discretion of the Department Chair, Academic Advisor, or Director of Academic Services, repeat offenses will result in elevated consequences, up to and including suspension and dismissal.
To promote a culture of Academic Honesty throughout the institution, students will develop and review an Academic Honor code specific to their incoming class as an exercise at orientation. Each student will sign and submit the Honor Code.
The following MLA style guides are used by both faculty and student to help avoid academic dishonesty:
The Academic Advising Office convenes this group on an as-needed basis. Each time a Judiciary Committee review is required, a representative of the Academics Department will select among members of the administration, faculty, and student population. Students selected for this committee will receive training specific to maintaining confidentiality related to issues they are involved with. Students will be nominated and selected for participation each term. The Judiciary Committee is designed to review specific disciplinary or academic honesty concerns with students, and their role is advisory. Recommendations of the Committee are submitted to the Academics Department, which in conjunction with the Department Chair, makes a final decision on resolving issues.
Rules of the Judiciary Committee:
Disciplinary reviews are not open to the student body, although participation in discussion of policy and procedure is encouraged.