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Moodle Student Responsibility Pledge and JCU Academic Honesty Policy Site policy All users
Recording Moodle Policy Text Site policy All users


To be allowed to enter Moodle, you must affirm that you have read the following Student Responsibility Pledge and are familiar with the following JCU Academic Honesty Policy.

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John Cabot University

Student Responsibility and Academic Honesty Pledge

The academic community is founded on a belief in the free and respectful exchange of ideas.

An integral part of this free exchange is recognition of the intellectual work of others and honest representation of one’s own. All members of the John Cabot University community are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty in all aspects of the University’s academic programs.

Related to this, all members of the JCU community are expected to respect the intellectual property and the privacy rights of others. This includes the instructor’s and fellow students’ right to intellectual property in his or her lectures, notes, slides, and other course-specific materials, and the rights to limit distribution of images and recordings of oneself.

Also indispensable to the free exchange of ideas is respect for the privacy of the instructors and fellow-students engaged in any discussion. The liberal arts classroom is a privileged space for taking intellectual risks, which may involve expressing provisional opinions or playing the devil’s advocate. To protect this privileged space, every participant must know that opinions and materials shared with others, in any form, will not be broadcast or distributed to a larger audience.

For these reasons, students undertake to respect the following norms, grounded in John Cabot University’s Academic Policies and Community Standards:

On my honor, by accepting this policy and entering Moodle, I affirm that:

  • I will not copy, record, produce screenshots of, reproduce, share, repost, or distribute in any way, any of the materials from my JCU courses (both in the classroom and accessed remotely); this also includes any other course materials, including take-home exams, distributed by my instructors. 
  • All of the work submitted online or in class will be my own. I will not receive or offer any unauthorized help to other students while completing any exam or assignment, and I will not use any materials or devices prohibited by my instructor for any exercise, assignment, or examination.
  • I understand that I must follow all of the instructions provided by my individual professors regarding academic honesty and integrity; these requirements may include instructions on individual quizzes and exams, instructions on individual assignments, and the prohibition of the use of technology during class, while taking quizzes, exams, and while completing assignments in or out of the classroom. 
  • I understand that any violation of these pledges is subject to academic penalties and disciplinary action at the university as well as legal and civil penalties.

JCU Academic Honesty Policy

The academic community is founded on a belief in the free exchange of ideas. An integral part of this free exchange is recognition of the intellectual work of others, and respect for the instructor and fellow students. All members of the John Cabot community are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty in all aspects of the University’s academic programs.

A student who commits an act of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action. Two reported acts of academic dishonesty could result in dismissal from the University.


Academic dishonesty is taking credit for academic work (including papers, articles reports, quizzes, examinations, videos, powerpoints, websites, etc.) that is not one's own or has not been originally produced for the course in which it has been submitted. Assisting another student in submitting work not his or her own may also constitute academic dishonesty.

One form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism, which includes direct copying, as well as any use of another's ideas, words or created product, without properly crediting the source. Plagiarism can be deliberate or negligent; students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted with their name on it is properly referenced.

Although individual instructors may suggest their own guidelines for avoiding plagiarism in papers and reports, the following rules should generally be observed:

a. Any sequence of words appearing in a student essay or report that does not originate from the student should be enclosed in quotation marks, and its source fully and accurately identified in a note or in the text. Great care must be taken that quoted material is quoted accurately.

b. A paraphrase should not be enclosed in quotation marks, but should be marked with an asterisk or a note number, and the source should be given in a note.

c. An interpretation or idea based on a book or other source of information should be identified in a bibliographic note.

Another form of academic dishonesty is cheating, which includes giving or receiving assistance on a quiz, examination or other assignments in any way not specifically authorized by the instructor. Cheating also includes the unauthorized possession or use of calculators, notes, formulas, dictionaries, tables, graphs, charts or other memory aids on a quiz or examination. Students are responsible for making sure that all unauthorized materials are completely put away, and may be sanctioned for mere negligence in appearing to possess unauthorized materials. 

A third form of academic dishonesty consists in submitting the same work in more than one course (or the same course, taken more than once), without the explicit approval of both instructors.  


A student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will generally receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course.

Instructors must report instances of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean’s Office may notify a student’s other instructors, present and future, that he or she has been reported for academic dishonesty. A student who is reported twice for material acts of academic dishonesty is subject to dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Dean will ask the Academic Council to make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.


A student may appeal an instructor’s determination of academic dishonesty by submitting a written statement to the Dean, setting forth the relevant facts and interpretations.  The statement must be received by the Dean within seven working days of the student’s summons from the Dean’s Office. The instructor will be given a copy of the student’s statement, and the chance to respond to it. 

The Dean will review the various submissions and make a decision. If this appeal is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, s/he may ask the Dean to refer the matter to the Academic Council. When an academic honesty determination is resolved in the student’s favor, the Dean will delete the report of academic dishonesty, and direct the instructor to grade the disputed material on its merits. 


Recording Moodle Policy Text

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To provide course content to students who access their courses remotely, John Cabot University has installed cameras and microphones in all its classrooms.  At times professors will need to record individual class meetings. During these class meetings the voices and images of students in the classroom or attending the class remotely may be recorded.  Any recordings made during classes will not be shared by the professor to anyone outside the class and students in the class are prohibited from downloading, capturing, and sharing in any way recorded classes.  Violation of these restrictions can lead to serious civil, criminal, and/or university sanctions.  By continuing, I affirm that I understand that my voice and image may be recorded during class and that I will not download, capture, share, or distribute in any way, in their entirety or in part, the recordings of my JCU classes.