Office of Student Affairs

Myth or Fact Quiz Answers

1) Answer: Myth. Academic dishonesty is a major offense at Amherst College and is given a large amount of attention. On average there are 15-20 academic dishonesty cases reported to the Dean of Student Conduct and the Dean of Students Office each year.

2) Answer: Fact. Each Faculty member has the right to establish his/her own rules regarding student collaboration. No student should assume what he/she is allowed to do. If there is any question regarding collaboration the student should ask the professor.

3) Answer: Myth. Amherst College uses the standard of preponderance of the evidence in all student conduct meetings and hearings. Preponderance of the evidence simply means that it is more likely than not that the violation of the Amherst College Honor Code occurred.

4) Answer: Myth. External requests for records require written consent from the student involved. Student records will be available to employers and other authorized individuals in accordance with state and federal laws.

5) Answer: Fact. The Dean of Student Conduct may impose any penalty up to suspension for one semester. The normal penalty for a first offense of academic dishonesty is disciplinary probation until graduation.

6) Answer: Myth. The instructor has the discretion to impose a penalty on the student’s course grade. The normal recommended penalty for an act of academic dishonesty – whether intentional or unintentional – is failure in the course.

7) Answer: Myth. Cheating, plagiarism, and facilitation are all forms of academic dishonesty and considered violations of the requirements of Amherst College’s Statement of Intellectual Responsibility.

8) Answer: Fact. Any member of the Amherst College community – not just professors – may file a complaint of academic dishonesty against a student within 90 days of the alleged violation of the Honor Code. In fact, many reports come from students.

9) Answer: Myth.. Amherst College has joined with Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts to form the Five Colleges. Amherst College students, when studying or visiting one of the Five Colleges are subject to the standards set forth in the Amherst College Honor Code and to the regulations and procedures of that institution.