Academic Standards & Expectations

Academic Integrity

Cambridge College students are expected to meet high academic and ethical standards as they engage in experiences of genuine learning. They are expected to submit their own original work in course assignments and exams.

Violations of Academic Integrity


     Plagiarism is the use of another’s work, thoughts, or language without giving credit; summarizing, copying, or using the work of another person or source without proper acknowledgement. Plagiarism is dishonest and a serious academic offense.


Cheating appears in multiple forms such as:

  1. Unauthorized use of notes, texts, or other aids during an exam or in completing course assignments
  2. Copying the work of another student
  3. Submitting the same assignment for more than one course, subject to faculty discretion
  4. Sharing student work with a group when such sharing has not been authorized by the professor

Any breach of academic integrity is grounds for a grade of F/No Credit in academic courses and/or academic probabion, suspension, or dismissal.

See full policy.

Federal Credit-Hour Definition

In accord with federal regulations, a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester-hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph 1 for other academic activities such as lab work, internships, practica, studio wortk and other accademic work that leads to the award of credit hours.