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Academic Ethics and Integrity


As an institution of higher learning, Rio Salado College promotes the principles of Academic Integrity with its associated ethics and values, namely: Honesty, Trust, Fairness, Respect, and Personal Responsibility. It is the duty of all stakeholders--including students, faculty, employees, clients and partners--to support the principles of Academic Integrity and incorporate them into all aspects of our core practices of learning, innovating, and partnering.

Rio Salado College demonstrates its commitment to Academic Ethics and Integrity through an extensive set of programs, initiatives, and policies designed to publicly support and reinforce the above identified values and virtues, and to assist in the formation and continued development of acceptable ethical behaviors and values among its students, faculty, employees, and others with whom we interact. These initiatives, programs, and measures include:

  • College-wide plagiarism policy included in all courses
  • Plagiarism warning preceding written assignments
  • Plagiarism detection software and department procedures for enforcing plagiarism policy
  • Syllabus elements that attest to our valuing of academic ethics and integrity
  • Integration of academic ethics content into the course material and assignments when appropriate
  • Academic ethics and integrity tutorials for students, adjunct faculty, and new employee orientation
  • College-wide civility policy and enforcement that supports the principles of academic ethics, in particular mutual respect and civil behavior
  • A conscientious and systematic review process through the department chairs and the academic vice-president for fair investigation and review of student concerns and complaints consistent with district policies
  • The clear identification of a set of college wide values attesting to our pursuit of excellence and quality which are communicated to all Rio employees and practiced by everyone