Texas Tech University

Academic Integrity


Texas Tech University is committed to achieving excellence in all aspects of its community. We expect this in the expertise and performance of our faculty, staff, and administration, as well as the continuing education of our students. A high standard of professionalism, including opportunities for professional contact and continuous growth, is expected of our faculty, students, staff, and administrators. The university is committed to academic integrity and to the effective and just implementation of a system designed to preserve and protect it. The university intends to be a model of excellence, following best practices in its professional work, displaying the highest standards in its scholarly work, and offering venues to showcase national and international examples of achievement.

As Red Raiders:

  • Earn grades honestly.
  • Trust and respect fellow students, faculty, and staff.
  • Be responsible for your own work.

What is Academic Integrity?

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.

Types of "academic dishonesty"

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Collusion
  • Falsifying academic records
  • Misrepresenting facts

For more information on Academic Integrity, visit the Office of Student Conduct

The Four Key Points of Academic Integrity:

  1. Being responsible for your own work
  2. Trust and respect between students, faculty, and staff
  3. Ensuring that grades are earned honestly
  4. 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.

Education requires:

  • 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.

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