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:
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


"As teachers, professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly and ethical standards of their discipline. Professors demonstrate respect for students as individuals and adhere to their proper roles as intellectual guides and counselors. Professors make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to ensure that their evaluations of students reflect each student's true merit. They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student. They avoid any exploitation, harassment, or discriminatory treatment of students. They acknowledge significant academic or scholarly assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom."

- American Association of University Professors www.aaup.org/statements/Redbook/Rbethics.htm

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