Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Unless
collaboration is explicitly authorized, all academic work should result from an
individual's own efforts. Intellectual contributions from others must be consistently
and responsibly acknowledged. Academic work completed in any other way is fraudulent.
Foothill College students, staff, administrators, and faculty are proud to be a part of our college and proud of the reputation we have earned over the years. As a student here, you join a community of scholars committed to excellence in teaching and learning. At the heart of our community is a culture of academic integrity; the biggest threat to the values we share comes from individuals whose actions undermine that culture. We invite you to share our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and to strengthen our culture of integrity.
When you join our Foothill community of scholars, you take on a part of the shared responsibility for academic integrity. You're responsible for completing assignments according to the expectations of your instructor and for demonstrating your individual level of competence in such a way that your instructor can fairly and accurately evaluate and certify your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Academic integrity is a value shared throughout the Foothill community, and a policy that applies not just to students, but also to faculty, staff and administrators. It fosters trust and confidence from those who depend on our knowledge and competence. Faculty, staff, and administrators hold each other to the same standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility that we ask of students.
You can help. By pursuing your studies with integrity, by refraining from cheating and plagiarism, and by discussing the grey-area integrity issues that arise in your course of study, you reinforce our shared values and reap the benefits of a full and valued member of our community of scholars.
You can also damage our community. By failing to pursue your studies with integrity, by cheating, by plagiarizing, or by any other failure of academic integrity, you undermine our shared values.
Failures of academic integrity are not victimless. They threaten Foothill's reputation for excellence, are unfair to those who play by the rules, and degrade the educational experience of everyone associated with the college. Each failure of academic integrity reduces the value of every program of study at Foothill. We punish these failures in part to defend the high quality of your education.
Foothill College students, staff, administrators, and faculty uphold these ideals by supporting the mission of the College to guide academic careers and educational experiences; by modeling the core values of the College: honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, and forgiveness; and by affirming the Academic Integrity Pledge:
For a student, academic consequences of a failure of academic integrity may
include receiving a lowered or failing grade on a particular piece of academic
work, which may lead to receiving a lowered or failing grade for the course.
Administrative consequences may include being placed on disciplinary probation,
suspension, or expulsion.
The Student Affairs & Activities Office maintains records of students whose actions have constituted a failure of academic integrity. We use this information to identify and discipline students whose actions fail to uphold our shared value of academic integrity.
We thank the Student Affairs Vice President's Office at San Jose State University,
the University Library at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the
Academic Integrity Office at the University of California - San Diego, the University
of San Francisco, and the Academic Integrity Seminar for materials incorporated
in this code.
The Foothill College Academic Senate developed and approved this Academic Honor Code in 2004. The Academic Senate collaborated with the Associated Students of Foothill College, the Foothill College Classified Senate, and the Foothill Student Affairs and Activities Office for this 2013 update.
If your overall GPA falls below a 2.0 (C average), you will be placed on academic
A strategy for ending probation and improving your academic standing is to repeat courses in which you may have received grades of D or F. If you repeat such courses at Foothill or De Anza colleges, the grade you earn when you repeat a course replaces the previous grade for grade point calculation. For example, let's say you took a French course a year ago and got a grade of F. Last quarter, you took the same French course and got a B. The B grade replaces the F in calculating your GPA; however the F remains on your permanent record. This is one of the quickest ways to improve your GPA.
You are placed on progress probation if you receive a W (withdrawal), I (incomplete) or NP (no pass) in more than 50 percent of units attempted. The same consequences for academic probation also apply to progress probation. If you are on progress probation for three consecutive quarters, you can be disqualified from Foothill College.
One way to avoid being placed on progress probation is to be aware of drop dates. If you officially drop a course within the first four weeks of a quarter, there will be no record of attendance. Please refer to the current academic calendar and Schedule of Classes for important drop dates.
For a complete and official description of academic and progress probation, please see the current Foothill College Course Catalog.
Status While on Probation
The following applies to either academic, progress or both.
Foothill or any other college is admitted on probationary status.
You may be dismissed from Foothill College if you are on probation for three consecutive quarters. If you are disqualified, you will receive notice of dismissal by mail the following quarter. Dismissal will be reviewed by the Academic Council at your request. You may be readmitted after a one-quarter absence (excluding Summer Session). Consult a Foothill counselor for readmission policies and procedures.