Hollywood Education Institute

Academic Integrity & Honesty Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students enrolled in Hollywood Education Institute
maintain the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Academic integrity is essential
to the learning process and is a cornerstone of academic achievement. We strive to create a
learning environment that is built on trust, respect, and integrity, and we expect all students to
uphold these values. The consequences for plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, and
other forms of academic dishonesty can be very serious, possibly including expulsion, suspension,
or given a less-severe disciplinary action.

All students are expected to adhere to the following principles of academic integrity and honesty:

  • Plagiarism: the use of someone else’s ideas, words, or work without proper attribution.
    • Students are not allowed to copy text from a source without quotation marks or a citation; summarize or paraphrase someone else’s work without giving credit; submit someone else’s work as your own.
  • Cheating: the act of using unauthorized materials, information, or assistance intentionally during any examinations. 
    • Students must not engage in any form of cheating when taking proctor exams, cheating including using the external assistance (e.g. notes, textbooks, or electronic devices) unless specifically authorized by the instructor; giving answers to another student or receiving help from others during the exams. 
  • Fabrication: the act of falsifying or inventing information or data in academic assignments or research papers. 
    • Students must not falsify or fabricate data, research, or sources. (i.e. making up sources, data, or evidence to support a claim, or misrepresenting the extent of one’s research or knowledge on a particular topic.)

The consequences of academic dishonesty: 

Violations of this policy will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. If a student is found to have cheated on an exam, the instructor is required to notify the Academic Director to determine what action is appropriate to take, The following consequences may be imposed:

  • Retaking the exam under appropriate supervision.
    • the student retakes the exam in a proctored setting, with a supervisor present to monitor their behavior and ensure that they are not cheating.
    • the student retakes the exam in a different format or using different questions, to ensure that they are not able to simply memorize the answers from their previous attempt. 
  • Receiving a course grade of ‘F’ or another grade penalty at the discretion of the course instructor. 
  • Other Additional disciplinary sanctions determined by the Academic Director may include disciplinary probation, suspension, or permanent expulsion from Hollywood Education Institute, administrative hold on the release of records, and withholding of a certificate. Disciplinary probation shall be noted on the student’s formal academic record only for the duration of the probationary period. 

Reporting Academic Dishonesty: If a student suspects or witnesses academic dishonesty by another student, they should report it to the instructor or Academic Director immediately. The report should include specific details about the incident, including the date, time, location, and nature of the dishonesty. The instructor or Academic Director will investigate the report and take appropriate action based on the evidence presented.