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SCC Cracks Down On Cheating

Keokuk, IA – Southeastern Community College is trying to do more to stop academic dishonesty. The SCC Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of an academic integrity policy for the entire institution. The Executive Dean of Keokuk Campus, Tim Ahern, says that in the past, professors had to come up with their own policies to deal with cheating or plagerism. He says the faculty at SCC requested the policy to deal with the ease of cheating through the internet. The measure focuses on specific classifications of academic dishonesty: fraud, cheating, plagerism, and forgery. Ahern says punishments will range from recieving a letter of misconduct to failing an assignment or course. A student caught cheating could also face expulsion.