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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is define 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." 

(Source: International Center for Academic Integrity)

5 fundamental values of Academic Integrity:


  • Considered the foundation of teaching, learning, research and service from which the remaining values build upon. 
  • "Begins with the individuals and extends to larger community... Students and faculty must be honest with themselves and each other."


  • "Necessary foundation of academic work."
  • "Enables us to collaborate, to share information and to circulate new ideas freely without fear." 


Students are fair to one another and the larger community when they do their work honestly, acknowledge the work of others and uphold the university's academic integrity policies.


"Students show respect when they... take an active role in their education... listening to others' points of  view, and performing to the best of their ability."


  • "Standing up against wrongdoing, resisting negative peer pressure, and serving as a positive example."
  • "Responsible individuals hold themselves accountable for their own actions and work to discourage and prevent misconduct by others."


Source: Fishman, T.A. (Ed.). (2014). The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, 2nd ed, International Center for Academic Integrity.