English Department Policies and Procedures

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is against the standards set forth by Truckee Meadows Community College and Nevada System of Higher Education. Academic dishonesty is defined as: cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses. Plagiarism is defined as submitting the language, ideas, thoughts or work of another as one's own; or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one's work to be used in this fashion.

Cheating is defined as (l) obtaining or providing unauthorized information during an examination through verbal, visual or unauthorized use of books, notes, text and other materials; (2) obtaining or providing information concerning all or part of an examination prior to that examination; (3) taking an examination for another student, or arranging for another person to take an exam in one's place; (4) altering or changing test answers after submittal for grading, grades after grades have been awarded, or other academic records once these are official.

Disciplinary procedures for incidents of academic dishonesty may involve both academic action and administrative action for behavior against the campus regulations for student conduct. The procedures involve the determination by the faculty member pursuing concerns over alleged cheating or plagiarism as to whether administrative action is warranted, in addition to making a determination as to any academic consequence.

Academic action may include: (1) cancelling the student's enrollment in the class without a grade; (2) filing a final grade of "F"; (3) awarding a failing mark on the test or paper in question; (4) requiring the student to retake the test or resubmit the paper. See the TMCC College Catalog, Rules and Disciplinary Procedures For Students, for further information on disciplinary sanctions.


The TMCC English Department adheres to the TMCC College Catalog which articulates the following attendance policy: Because instructors consider class attendance an integral part of the learning experience, students are required to attend the first class of each course in which they register and adhere to the attendance policy established by the course instructor and articulated in the course syllabus. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the classes they are unable to attend. During the 100% refund period an instructor may drop a student for nonattendance and/or not meeting the prerequisites of the class. For policy governing religious observations, please refer to the TMCC College Catalog.


Matters of tardiness are to be resolved between the instructor and the student. The instructor will have articulated the class policies for tardiness on the syllabus.

Late Work

Policies and penalties for late work are left to the discretion of the instructor, and the student is required to adhere to the policies concerning late work in the course syllabus. The English Department will support the stated syllabus policies of the instructors.


The TMCC English Department is committed to meeting equivalent standards for all of our courses, both online and on-site. To that end, the department requires that all courses meet and maintain similar quality of instruction and academic rigor. Courses must fulfill the established course objectives and learning outcomes and include similar substantive content. They will also use similar grading standards. It is the responsibility of the chair and the department to develop apparatus for reviewing all courses. Online and on-site instruction will be reviewed in an equivalent manner.

The department realizes that student and instructor interaction is important in the class experience. For both on-site and online instruction, instructors should respond to student emails within 48 hours, and papers should be returned to students with comments within a two-week window. Further, students have the right to ask and receive an in-progress grade anytime during the semester.

The department recognizes that online courses present different circumstances than on-site courses and is committed to ensuring that faculty complete appropriate training in online pedagogy, content delivery methods, and teaching resources.