Academic policies

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Your rights and responsibilities as a student at SPC are defined in the college’s academic policies. These include academic honesty, classroom responsibility, freedom to learn, and acceptable conduct.

For complete academic policy information, refer to or your student handbook. Student handbooks are available in the Counseling/Advising office on any SPC campus.

Academic Honesty

St. Petersburg College expects students to be honest in all of their academic work. By enrolling at the College, students agree to adhere to the high standards of academic honesty and integrity and understand that failure to comply with this pledge may result in academic and disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the College.

As members of the College Community, students also have an ethical obligation to report violations of the SPC academic honesty policies they may witness.

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty which can result in academic consequences and disciplinary action.
Plagiarism includes quoting another person's actual words, or using another person's idea, opinion, or theory, even if it is completely paraphrased in one's own words.

Avoid being charged with plagiarism by citing various research sources and seeing your campus librarian for APA and MLA Guidance.

Turnitin is an electronic tool used by the College to detect plagiarism. You’ll hear more about this in the classroom.

You should understand all types of plagiarism and the impact of plagiarism on your academic work.  For more detail about types of plagiarism, refer to the college catalog and the resources at the end of this orientation.

Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is expected of all students. When absent for less than a week because of illness or other emergencies, a student should notify the appropriate instructors. In the case of extended absences of a week or more, the student should notify the office of the associate provost.

If you are excessively absent from class you can be withdrawn for inactivity. It is important that you are aware of each instructor’s attendance and excessive absence policies as defined in your course syllabus.

Classroom Responsibility and Freedom to Learn

Remember the following tips to make the most of your college experience.

Communication with your instructor is important to your classroom success. If you disagree with an instructor regarding course content, a grade, or any issue, wait until class is over, then meet with the instructor privately in his or her office to discuss your concerns. Confrontations with an instructor will NOT be tolerated. Challenging the instructor’s authority in the classroom is NEVER a good strategy and may result in dismissal from the course.


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