SUBCATEGORY SIX: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Ensuring freedom of expression and the integrity of research and scholarly practice (2.D, 2.E.1, 2.E.3)
Academic integrity is guided by the College's published JCCC Policies and Procedures and supplemented through faculty and student organizations throughout the College. JCCC respects and values the academic freedoms of faculty within the limits of the adopted course descriptions, outlines, and learning outcomes. The College also recognizes the importance and value of student exposure to a full range of viewpoints. As an open-access community college, research is encouraged but not required of the College's faculty. Continuing professional development is outlined as a faculty expectation in the full-time faculty job description (2.D).
The Research Participant Protection Program (RPPP) or the Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures the safety and well-being of human subjects participating in research studies being conducted by the College's students, faculty, and staff, including all research projects involving human participants occurring at the College. If research involves gathering data from living human beings or identifiable information associated with living human beings from any source, then the RPPP must review and grant approval (or exemption) for the project before it begins. The RPPP monitors research studies to ensure that the human, civil, and legal rights of human research participants are respected and that researchers are adhering to the highest ethical standards (2.E.1).
The College continues to seek out ideal learning environments and share effective practices for advancing quality. The College has invested in faculty access to originality checking software, Turnitin, and the current learning management system provides a variety of tools to protect the integrity of exams and quizzes. Faculty who teach online are required to complete the College’s iTeach training program, which includes information on protecting the integrity of online testing (2.E.3).
Ensuring ethical learning and research practices of students (2.E.2, 2.E.3)
The College’s Student Code of Conduct notes that students enrolled at JCCC are expected to conduct themselves as responsible individuals at all times while participating in any course or College activity or event and while representing the College either on- or off-campus. Student participation in College-sponsored programs is considered a privilege, not a right. Therefore, students participating in such programs are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct and to all specific conditions of participation in any sanctioned activity, event, or program; these conditions include, but are not limited to, behavioral conditions as described in contracts/agreements for athletic, academic, and extracurricular scholarships or activities (2.E.2).
Violations of this campus policy may be reported pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Action Operating Procedure for disciplinary action if the College determines that a student has violated any provision of this Student Code of Conduct or has not acted in the best interest of other students, employees, or the College as a whole. In addition, the College may refer student conduct to appropriate authorities if determined necessary (2.E.3).
Ensuring ethical teaching and research practices of faculty (2.E.2, 2.E.3)
All College faculty and staff are required to complete annual training on harassment and information security, which includes FERPA requirements. The College maintains an ethics reporting hotline and reports are reviewed by a cross-functional team. All new faculty are required to attend a faculty orientation that covers topics such as copyright, the ethical use of primary and secondary sources, the reporting of ethical violations, and the appropriate use of College and grant funds (2.E.2, 2.E.3).
Selecting the tools/methods/instruments used to evaluate the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of supporting academic integrity
The College reports data on the types and quantity of student integrity cases on campus and reviews the Student Handbook on an annual basis for updates to policies and procedures. With input from faculty, periodic reviews of technical tools such as the LMS and originality checkers like Turnitin are conducted by the Distance Learning Council. Additionally, the College offers testing services onsite to ensure the integrity of the test-taking process. This is accomplished through the Testing Services department and these services include the administration and proctoring of tests, including placement, selective admission, waiver, course, and ADA testing.