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Statement on Academic Integrity

Definition and expectations

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic Integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of University and College academic integrity policies to that course.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for academic dishonesty in less serious cases may consist of a failing grade for the course. The decision is made by the instructor. In more serious cases of academic dishonesty, the penalties may be more severe, including automatic failure for the course, and referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action. Formal due process procedures are available for the students and faculty involved. The Student Guide to University Policies and Rules provides the details on these procedures.