Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is the practice of honesty and openness in scholarly, creative, and communal endeavors. Academic integrity is multifaceted. It involves, in addition to ethical practices, the avoidance of plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of professional and personal misrepresentation and dishonesty. Integrity is essential to the values and discourses that characterize the academic environment; to the maintenance of the academic community itself; and to the role of the academic community within society at large. Trust and integrity are integral to any relationship, whether on campus or in later personal and professional life. Plagiarism and cheating are serious violations of academic integrity that have significant consequences for the student.


Plagiarism is the use or presentation of ideas, words, or work that is not one’s own and that is not common knowledge, without granting credit to the originator. Plagiarism may take many forms. To avoid plagiarism, always cite the source of your information whether from print, electronic/online, or other materials. The guidelines of each individual discipline must be consulted for details specific to that discipline. It is incumbent upon the student to learn and understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Cheating includes:

  1. falsification of statements or data
  2. listing of sources that have not actually been used
  3. having another individual write a paper or create a work in lieu of one’s own; writing a paper or creating a work for another to use without attribution
  4. purchase of a written paper or work for the purpose of submitting it as one’s own, or selling a written paper or other work for another’s submission as his/her own
  5. using written, verbal, electronic, or other sources of aid during an examination (except when expressly permitted, such as on a stated “open book” exam), or knowingly providing such assistance to another