Academic Integrity is defined as "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.
Examples of Academic Dishonesty:
- By far, the most common violation is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of stating or implying that another person’s work as your own.
- Cheating on a test
- Buying/Selling a paper
- Having someone take a test for you
- Taking a test for someone else
- Unauthorized possession of a test
- Submitting work previously used without permission
- Unauthorized collaboration
- Fabrication of citations.
When Academic Dishonesty is suspected:
The faculty member informs the student of the allegation and provides the student an opportunity to respond.
- When evidence suggests that an academic misconduct has occurred, the faculty member will enter a charge and academic sanction on an Academic Integrity Form.
- The student will have the choice to accept or contest the charge. If the student fails to sign the AI form by a specified deadline, the charge and sanction will go into effect.
- In some cases, if the academic violation is considered extreme, the faculty member may also opt to pursue a disciplinary action in conjunction with both the AI Committee and Office of Student Conduct (OSC).
- In situations where the allegation is referred to the OSC, the academic sanctions will be carried out by OSC in consultation with the campus or college Academic Integrity Committee.
- Once a student has been informed that academic dishonesty is suspected, the student may not drop the course during the adjudication process. A student who has received an academic sanction as a result of a violation of academic integrity may not drop or withdraw from the course at any time. Any such drop action of the course will be reversed.
- Redo Assignment
- Reduced Grade for Assignment
- “0” for Assignment
- Reduced Grade for Course
- Failing Grade for Course
- Dismissal from Academic Program
Disciplinary Sanctions that may be assigned:
- “XF”- A notation that is placed on a student’s transcript for a period of time, or until specified conditions have been met. At that time, the “X” will be removed and the “F” will remain on the transcript. The notation is reserved for the most serious breaches of academic integrity which may include repeat misconduct.
- Educational Programs
- Disciplinary Warning
- Disciplinary Probation
- Disciplinary Probation with Transcript Notation
- Disciplinary Suspension
Academic Dishonesty cases which result in academic sanctions only will not be reported out to others with the exception of when a subsequent academic dishonesty violation occurs. When an academic dishonesty case results in disciplinary action assigned by the OSC Designee, the charge and sanction become part of the student’s record which will be reported out following the guidelines outlined in our records policy.
- Seek assistance from your Instructor or Dean’s Office
- Take time to understand the expectations for each assignment
- Utilize academic resources such as:
The University Learning Center
220 Boucke Building,
Pattee Library Gateway Commons (1st Floor, Pattee)