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Introduction to Academic Integrity

What Is Academic Integrity?

The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action. 

CCC defines academic misconduct as “a serious offense, which includes but is not limited to the following: cheating, complicity, fabrication and falsification, forgery, and plagiarism..”

Honoring the precepts of academic integrity and applying its principles are fundamental responsibilities of all scholars. Local faculty and administrators have developed this site to help the college community uphold these ideals. Our intention is to increase understanding of what academic integrity is in practice.

This guide is licensed under a CC-BY, and was originally created by librarians at the University of Michigan.

Why Should I Care About Academic Integrity?

Everyone learns better when we trust that the values of academic integrity are actively engaged by our fellow students and colleagues. It is important to learn to integrate others' work and ideas ethically into your own work in many facets of your life from school to work environments.

There can be many ramifications for not adhering to principles of academic integrity, such as 

  • You could be suspended, with or without conditions.
  • You could fail your assignment or your course.
  • You could receive a notation in either your unofficial or official transcript.
  • You could be permanently expelled from school.
  • Your degree could be withheld or revoked.
  • You erode trust that could impact your future professional and personal integrity