Online Education

Academic Honesty In Online Courses

Why Honesty Logo. Says "Why Honesty: Preparing, Completing, Beyond AssignmentsHonesty in any college class is critical to your success as a student.  Napa Valley College is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards possible related to student academic performance in our online and face-to-face classes. 

As a Napa Valley College student, when you are given access to Blackboard, our online course software, you are expected to keep confidential your username and password and to never allow anyone else to log-in to your account.  Sharing access or passwords to Blackboard is considered a breach of academic integrity and could result in you being removed from your class.

When you log-in to Blackboard, you do so with the understanding and agreement to produce your own work, to complete course activities yourself, and to take course exams, tests or quizzes without the assistance of others. 

Allowing others to complete your course work or to take your quiz, test, and exams is considered cheating and could subject you to receiving an "F" for the course.  In addition, this type of dishonesty can result in formal disciplinary action being taken against you by the college.  Please take time to review the following Student Code of Conduct.  If you have questions about your work in an online course, be sure to ask your instructor.



Napa Valley College values integrity, honor, and respect in all endeavors, both personally and professionally. Thus, the faculty at Napa Valley College wishes to help our students maintain the highest academic standards of honesty; therefore, it is expected that a student’s academic work be of his/her own making. In spite of the increased use of collaborative learning and other forms of group work (e.g., labs, study groups, group projects), it is important that each student remain accountable for his/her own work, whether it be work individual or group assignments or tests. We recognize that the vast majority of students maintain highly ethical work standards; however, failure to abide by this standard of conduct is considered to be academic dishonesty.


  • Copying from others on a quiz, test, examination, or assignment (“cheating”);
  • Allowing another student to copy one’s work on a quiz, test, exam, or assignment;
  • Having others take any exam instead of taking the exam oneself;
  • Buying or using a term paper or research paper from an internet source or other company or taking any work of another, even with permission, and presenting the work as one’s own;
  • Excessive revising or editing by another that substantially alters the student’s final work;
  • Giving other students information that allows the student an undeserved advantage on an exam, such as telling a peer what to expect on a make-up exam or prepping a student for a test in another section of the same class;
  • Taking and using the words, work, or ideas of others and presenting any of these as one’s own work is plagiarism. This applies to all work generated by another, whether it be oral, written, or artistic work. Plagiarism may either be deliberate or unintentional, but it must be avoided at all costs.

To avoid plagiarizing, one must:

  • Submit only one’s own work;
  • Appropriately cite sources used;
  • Appropriately paraphrase or summarize another’s ideas or language and acknowledge the source according to set academic standards;
  • Document all verbatim borrowing from another according to set academic standards;
  • Document any use of a format, method, or approach originated by others; If a student is unclear as to what constitutes academic dishonesty, he or she should consult the instructor.