The Four Key Points of Academic Integrity:
- Being responsible for your own work
- Trust and respect between students, faculty, and staff
- Ensuring that grades are earned honestly
- The foundation for academic excellence
Academic integrity involves:
- Taking responsibility for one’s own work.
- Being individually accountable.
- Making a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty, ethical behavior, and responsibility.
- A shared effort to achieve learning.
- The exchange of ideas.
- A bond of mutual trust and respect, which students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build.
Academic achievement includes:
- Scholarship, teaching, and learning, all of which are shared endeavors.
- The use of grades as a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning.
- An underpinning of academic integrity. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures that grades are earned honestly and gives added value to the entire educational process.
In the final analysis:
Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers.
Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement.