Why is Academic Integrity Important?

 

Academic Integrity. It matters now, because it matters later.

"The greatest benefit of a culture of integrity may not be reduced student cheating.  Instead, it may be the lifelong benefit of learning the value of living in a community of trust."
~ Donald McCabe and Linda Trevino

Students Who Practice Academic Integrity:

  • Respect their peers by not taking unfair advantage in the classroom and in the post-graduate/professional environment
  • Develop habits of ethical behavior that generate respect from their peers and the community
  • Establish a foundation for the professional Codes of Ethics in their chosen careers
  • Enhance the value of their degree and promote a positive image of the University in the community.

Faculty Who Promote Academic Integrity:

Carry out the Mission and Vision of the University:

SVSU Mission Statement

Mission

The University creates opportunities for individuals to achieve intellectual and personal development through academic, professional, and cultural programs. By fostering an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves, the University prepares graduates whose leadership and expertise contribute to the advancement of a pluralistic society. The University serves as a cultural and intellectual center dedicated to the pursuit and propagation of knowledge.

Vision

The University will provide academic, professional, and cultural programs at the highest level of quality and service; it will achieve national recognition for its programs of distinction. The University’s graduates shall distinguish themselves and their University through meritorious service, accomplishments, and leadership in the economic, cultural, and civic affairs of a diverse and global society. Through exemplary teaching, research, and engagement with the greater community, the University will also be the premier cultural and intellectual resource for the region’s schools, governments, businesses, and people.

- Adopted by the Board of Control on March 21, 2005

Mission & Vision Translations

"The reputation of an institution is its capital. It creates value for degrees granted. SVSU's reputation is based on the preparedness and professionalism of its graduates. Therefore, a culture of academic integrity is fundamental to the reputation of SVSU in the community."
~ President Emeritus, Eric R. Gilbertson