Questions that Porterville College students often ask... and the answers.
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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.
Your instructor will fail you 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.
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.
Your instructor will fail you 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.
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.
The Student Code of Conduct is found on the KCCD website that can be accessed from the Porterville College webpage. Go to, in the footer, click on “Kern Community College Dist.” and then click on the Community tab in the center black bar, Then click on Board of Trustees in the left column. You will then see a link for "Board Policy". Then you can find it in Section 4.You can also get a copy from the Vice President of Student Services in AC-126.
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.
Yes, depending on the violation. In all cases of suspension or expulsion, the student is afforded due process through a disciplinary hearing.
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.