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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

El Camino College is an academic community that promotes academic honesty and integrity.  Please see the following resources to help promote a learning community that upholds academic integrity to the highest standards. 

Academic Integrity Committee

Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) makes academic integrity more student-centered and equity-minded by developing proactive strategies and balancing accountability with holistic and restorative interventions.


The following webpage provides valuable proactive resources for students to utilize to understand academic integrity. Please review the webpage to avoid cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.


The following modules were developed to increase student understanding of academic integrity, plagiarism and cheating. 

  • Avoiding Plagiarism at ECC. This module guides students in big-picture thinking that helps them excel in citation and documentation requirements in academic writing. Topics include the research cycle, time management, citation basics, and ECC resources. Please access the module at https://elcamino.instructure.com/courses/16662/modules#module_209976
  • This module is under construction.

Cheating is a dishonest act performed in order to gain an unfair academic advantage (Merriam-Webster). Forms of cheating include, but are not limited to:

  • Plagiarism
  • Using unauthorized aids/materials (e.g. calculator, notes)
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Copying from another student
  • Assuming the identity of another individual
  • Inventing data
  • Obtaining or copying exam questions
  • Giving or receiving information during an exam
  • Handing in the same paper or other assignment in more than one class when prohibited by the instructor
  • Please see Administrative Procedure 5500: Standards of Student Conduct for more definitions
  • What does your faculty syllabi say?
  • TIP: Please contact your faculty member for clarification on acceptable collaboration and ask them the following:
    • Can you work in-person with classmates on homework? Quizzes?
    • How can I responsibly utilize Pronto, Discord, or other study electronic study group?
      • What are the ground rules for studying in an electronic study group?
      • Are you allowed to share or post material in the electronic study group?
        • For example, may I share my homework with classmates on Discord?
  • TIP: Communicate with your faculty member to learn about the material. For example, go visit office hours, e-mail them, etc.  We recommend asking your faculty the following:
    • To understand the material better, may I use external webpages to study OK?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Gregory J. Toya, Director of Student Development, gtoya@elcamino.edu

Dr. Moses Wolfenstein, Distance Education Faculty Coordinator, mwolfenstein@elcamino.edu