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Educational Resources about Academic Integrity
Thank you for your desire to learn more about academic integrity in your Penn State career! Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. This ideal is the basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and it is integral to our Penn State Values. Use the following tips to avoid potential academic integrity violations. You can also learn about academic integrity resources offered by the University. Remember, integrity is not just what you do, it’s who you are.
Academic integrity is responsibility
It’s your responsibility to know what is expected of you.
- Take the academic integrity quiz to see where your knowledge currently stands.
- Start a conversation with your instructor to find out what forms of collaboration and what resources are appropriate.
- Need help in your classes? Check out the Behrend Learning Resource Center.
- Do you know the academic, professional, and ethical standards for your major and future career? Learning about these in advance can be invaluable.
- Using the Internet for Classwork (Video)
Academic integrity is excellence
Avoid these common forms of academic integrity violations:
- Cheating and copying on examinations
- Inappropriate or unauthorized collaboration on assignments
- Tampering with another person’s work
Enhance your knowledge of violation scenarios:
- Academic Integrity Violation Example: Copying (Video)
- What types of activities count as a violation of academic integrity? (DOC)
Academic integrity is respect
Penn State expects you to respect the work of others through:
- Proper citation
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Using course recordings and material for personal use only
- Sharing library resources
- The Penn State University Libraries share many resources for students for free. Depriving other students of access to library materials by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them is disrespectful, and it is also considered a violation of Penn State’s academic integrity policy.
Academic integrity is community
A commitment to academic integrity is important because it protects our community.
- Your actions impact not only your own success, but the success of other Penn Staters.
- Academic integrity includes a shared commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. Your commitment protects the reputation of a Penn State degree. Penn State has rescinded bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees because of academic integrity violations.
- Why is Academic Integrity Important at Penn State? (Video)
Discover the consequences of an academic integrity violation
At Penn State, the consequences of an academic integrity violation can range from a failed assignment to removal from your degree program.
Find out more about what can happen:
- What Happens When You Commit an Academic Integrity Violation? (Video)
- What You Need to Know About Academic Integrity from Penn State Harrisburg (Video)
- Sanctioning – how does it work?
If You Receive a Violation Notice
Try not to take it personally. Penn State policies encourage all educators to report suspicions of academic misconduct. Remain calm and do not panic.
Talk with your instructor. Ask about the evidence that led the faculty member to believe that you violated instructions or policies. If you have a reasonable explanation for the evidence, share that explanation with the faculty member.
Remain in the course. Once you are notified of allegations of academic misconduct, you may not drop the course until those allegations are dismissed. If you do, the Registrar will return you to the course and you could be responsible for the consequences of missed work/assessments.
Decide what to do. If you accept the allegation and the sanction, your case will be ended – unless you have prior violations on file. (If you do, your entire case file will be reviewed by the Behrend Academic Integrity Committee, which may add or change sanctions or refer you to the Office of Student Conduct. Most students do not have multiple violations). If you contest the allegation or the sanction (or both), you will submit a statement telling your side of the story, along with any relevant supporting documents. Your instructor will respond, and you will have the opportunity to review as well. If there is no resolution, your case file will be given to Behrend’s Academic Integrity Committee for a review and decision. In rare circumstances, a live hearing may be held.
Complete and return your form. Once you are logged into the system, you will receive notifications of your rights as a student – be sure to read everything. If you do NOT return your form within the specified timeframe, you signal that you do not contest the allegations.
Here is what the automated form looks like when you receive it:
You can read Penn State’s administrative policy about academic integrity, which includes recommended sanctions and categories of misconduct.