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Academic Integrity

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one’s own work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build mutual trust and respect.  Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement includes scholarship, teaching and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures that grades are earned honestly and gives added value to the entire educational process. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers.

Integrity Matters

Texas Tech is committed to creating an exciting university atmosphere that is free of academic dishonesty. All members of the university community, including faculty, students, and staff, are upheld to the standard of having integrity in the work they produce. The standard is for all members of the Texas Tech community to contribute to the campus environment in an ethical, fun, and honest manner. Integrity matters because student success matters.

The following is designed to provide useful data, helpful web links, and practical information to assist in understanding academic integrity issues better at Texas Tech.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

"Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act.  The Code of Student Conduct contains the definitions of Academic Integrity Code violations and can be accessed here.

A Guide For Faculty and Intructors

Questions regarding Academic Integrity processes at TTU can be directed to the Office of Student Conduct at (806) 742-1714.

STEP 1: REVIEW OF ALLEGATIONS.

The Instructor of Record in a course recognizes or is notified that an academic integrity violation may have occurred.

STEP 2: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY VIOLATION REVIEW MEETING WITH THE STUDENT. 

The Instructor of Record should initiate contact with the student to discuss the allegation and inform the student of the findings.  Faculty members and instructors are encouraged to meet one-on-one with students, but may inform them via e-mail, if necessary.

STEP 3: COMPLETE THE INCIDENT REPORT FORM. 

Following the discussion of the allegations and potential academic penalties, the faculty member should complete an Incident Report and submit it to The Office of Student Conduct.

Step 4: FORMAL ACADEMIC INTEGRITY HEARING. 

After the investigation process is complete, the Conduct Officer will send the student a formal Allegation Letter and schedule a hearing.

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