Institutional Statements and Policies
Academic Integrity Policy:
Students of Oklahoma City Community College are required to meet the highest ethical standards in their academic pursuits. Faculty and staff share in this responsibility with students to maintain academic integrity. You may view this OCCC Policy No. 4016 on the OCCC website. Violations of academic integrity are viewed very seriously. Any form of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action by the College.
Violation of academic integrity:
The absence of academic integrity is described as cheating, generally defined as the deception about one’s work to others. Such acts may include but are not limited to the following:
- Submitting another’s work as one’s own or allowing another to submit one’s work as though it were his/hers
- Several people completing an assignment and turning in multiple copies all represented either implicitly or explicitly as individual work
- Failing to contribute an equal share in group assignments or projects while claiming equal credit for the work;
- Using a textbook, notes, or technology tools during an examination without permission of the instructor
- Receiving or giving unauthorized help on assignment or examinations
- Stealing a problem solution or assessment answers from a professor, a student or other sources
- Tampering with experimental data to obtain “desired” results, or creating results for experiments not done;
- Creating results for observations or interviews that were not done
- Obtaining an unfair advantage by gaining or providing access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the professor
- Tampering with or destroying the work of others
- Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the professor
- Lying about these or other academic matters
- Falsifying college records, forms or other documents
- Accessing computer systems or files without authorization
- Plagiarizing (Plagiarism is generally defined as the use in one’s work of specific words, phrases, ideas and/or works without giving proper credit) Specific examples of plagiarism may include but are not limited to the following:
- Copying and/or presenting the work of others as one’s own work, including sources from the Internet.
- Copying words, even if you cite the sources, unless appropriate quotation is noted.
- Copying words and then changing them a little, even if you give the source.
- Copying material from an Internet source without properly citing it.
Any person with a good faith suspicion that a violation of academic integrity has occurred shall report the suspected misconduct to the appropriate professor or immediate supervisor in whose area the suspected misconduct occurred.
The primary responsibility for investigating, making determinations and assigning academic sanctions for academic misconduct resides with the professor in whose course the suspected misconduct allegedly occurred. If a professor suspects that a violation of the Academic Integrity Procedure has occurred which will result in a failing final grade, the professor shall notify the appropriate Division Dean. The Division Dean will notify the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
A professor who suspects that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred shall notify the student in writing of the nature of the alleged violation and schedule a meeting with the student to offer the student the opportunity to discuss the allegation, review any supporting evidence, and offer any relevant information before a determination of violation is made.
For further information regarding this policy, the student is referred to the OCCC Student Handbook which is available online at /handbook/pdf/Student-Handbook.pdf
Assessment of Student Learning:
Oklahoma City Community College is committed to providing quality educational experiences to all students and to allow striving for continuous improvement in its programs and services. Student learning assessment is vital to the educational process and can be of significant value to you and to the students who follow you the student as well as contribute to their education success.
To ensure that adequate assessment information is available to allow OCCC to continuously improve programs and services, students you may be asked to participate in personal interviews; take program and/or general education assessments, which could be tests; give oral presentations, write assignments, take surveys, or engage in other activities. You may be asked to complete the assessments, tests, and other activities during a designated times, which may include class periods in a semester. These opportunities are your chance to help OCCC improve the courses, programs, and services which could affect you and will certainly impact students in the future.
OCCC expects students to attend class on a regular and punctual basis. If a student is absent from class, regardless of the cause, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with the instructor to discuss work missed. The instructor will determine whether or not the student will be permitted to make up work and will decide on the time and nature of the make-up. If a student does not appear at a pre-arranged time for make-up work, he/she could forfeit the right to make up the work.
Never Attended Policy
- Students who do not attend the course(s) for which they are enrolled will be reported by the individual faculty member as never attended and be subsequently administratively withdrawn from the course(s). Students who enroll, but do not attend will be responsible for the full amount of the tuition and fees owed.
- Faculty members will be asked to submit a report of students who have never attended their class one week after the add and drop period for that term.
- Students, regardless of whether or not they have made any payment or been approved for financial aid, will be administratively withdrawn from their course(s), but no reduction in charges will occur.
- Those approved for financial aid will not be awarded that aid if marked as never attended.
- Never attended in online classes will be defined as having not engaged in course assignments or discussion and in face-to-face classes as having not had a physical presence in the classroom.
- Students will have 90 days from the end of the term to appeal for a late administrative withdraw and/or a reduction/elimination of charges. The appeal process will be administered on one form and managed by the Director of the Bursar Office and the Registrar or their designees.
- Additionally, if a student does not begin attending any of their courses during the add/drop period, their pending financial aid disbursements will be cancelled. Funds disbursed prior to the start of the semester will be returned in full to financial aid programs and the student is responsible for reimbursing Oklahoma City Community College.
A student choosing to withdraw from a class must complete and submit an add/drop form which may be obtained from the advising office or withdraw online through his/her student account before the beginning of the fourth quarter of a semester (i.e., through the 12th week of a 16-week semester or the sixth week of an eight-week semester). Students who do not take the initiative to officially withdraw from a class may be give the grade of “F” and will be responsible for full payment of tuition and fees for the class. If you have questions regarding this notice, please consult your instructor.
OCCC Emergency Procedures
The health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff are OCCC’s prime concern. The procedures outlined below are designed to deal with emergencies of various types. Students should always follow the lead of their instructors.
First notification will come from the fire alarm horns, sirens, and strobes. The class should gather their belongings, exit the building using the nearest exit, and move to a parking lot. Do not use the elevators. No alarm should be treated as a false alarm. Horns, sirens, and strobes are only used for fire alarms.
Fire (Special Considerations)
If someone in your area is not physically capable of descending the stairwell, please ensure that they remain in the “area of safe refuge” located just inside each upper-level enclosed first stairwell. There are emergency phones located near each of these areas.
For all medical emergencies use the “Emergency” button located on each classroom or office phone. The classroom or office phone will display your current location, allowing for fast response to your location. You can also report a medical emergency to the Campus Police Department using any phone by dialing 682-7872. Dialing 911 directly may delay emergency responders. Campus Police and Security Officers are Basic Life Support capable and will also direct necessary Emergency Medical Services to your location. Remember to treat all bodily fluids as if they were contaminated and a potential biohazard.
If you receive a bomb threat, document as much information as possible and push the “emergency” button on the phone. If the decision to evacuate is given, the phone will sound an alarm and display a text message. The class should gather their belongings, exit the building using the nearest exit, and move away from buildings to Faculty Circle by the most direct and safe route. Please turn off all wireless devices. (Cell phones, radios, laptops, and other portable devices.) Updated information will be communicated as soon as it is available. Do not return to any building until there is an “All Clear” message.
Tornado warnings with a potential impact to OCCC properties will be sent directly to the classroom phone. The phone will sound an alarm and display a text message. The class should gather their belongings, move away from exterior glass and exits, and move to safer areas. Designated for the building you are occupying. These “Safer Areas” are lower-level interior classrooms and hallways. Some buildings include stairwells as safer areas. You should familiarize yourself with the safer areas near your classroom(s). If the city/county sirens are sounding and OCCC is not in the warning area a message will be sent to the classroom phone advising this information.
If someone is causing a disturbance in a classroom call the Campus Police Department immediately. Use the “emergency” button located on each classroom phone. Distance yourself from that person, do not place yourself in the person’s exit path and remove all potential weapons from the area.
Shelter in place:
If there is an armed person or active shooter on campus, the Campus Police will initiate a Shelter in Place alert. If in a classroom, office or other place where you can lock the door;
- Close and lock your hallway doors
- Silence cellphones, darken screens and remain calm & quiet
- Turn off the lights and shut any available blinds
- Use desks, tables and other objects to provide protection or barricade doorways
- Remain sheltered until an All Clear is issued by the Campus Police.
If in an open area;
- Get out, of the building immediately using the nearest exit
- Do not look back or stop until you know you are away and safe
- Stay out and away from building until and All Clear is issued by the Campus Police.