English & Communications
english dept
Mission Statement

The mission of the English and Communications Department of Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus is for each student to achieve proficiency in English in the following areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

We prepare our students to read at the college level, to express themselves coherently in written and oral presentations, and to analyze and understand presentations made by others.

Through a wide variety of courses in composition, creative writing, journalism, speech and literature, the department seeks to encourage students to live an ethical and humane life, to explore human relationships, to think and act creatively, and to develop the critical analytical skills that foster effective communication in college, career and life.

Values Statement

Miami Dade College is committed to the pursuit of truth, and to the promotion of the values of responsibility and honor.

Academic Dishonesty

From the Code of Conduct - Students’ Rights & Responsibilities Guide 2004-2005 Ed.

Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • cheating on an examination;
  • receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to the stated rules of the course;
  • plagiarizing, that is, the taking and passing off as one’s own the ideas, without citing the sources;
  • submitting work from another course unless permitted by the instructor;
  • stealing examinations of course materials;
  • falsifying records;
  • assisting anyone to do any of the above.

In the event that students are suspected of classroom cheating, plagiarism, or otherwise misrepresenting their work, they will be subject to procedural due process. The specific steps involved are outlined in Procedure 4035.


According to the Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  2. to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  3. to commit literary theft
  4. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

For more information on this issue, feel free to download the package: What is Plagiarism? provided to us as a courtesy of Turnitin.com

Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.