Richland considers plagiarism to be a serious matter. The official College policy, as stated in the College Catalog, reads:
"Each student is expected to be honest in his/her class work or in the submission of information to the College. Richland regards dishonesty in classroom and laboratories, on assignments and examinations, and the submission of false and misleading information to the College as a serious offense. A student who cheats, plagiarizes, or furnishes false, misleading information to the College is subject to disciplinary action up to and including failure of a class or suspension/expulsion from the College."
No credit will be given for plagiarized assignments. The program director or chairperson will be notified when plagiarism is discovered. As the policy states, a student who plagiarizes may be dropped from a course, failed in the course, suspended from the college, or expelled from the college, depending on the seriousness of the case as determined by the instructor and administration.