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

SVSU Student Honor Code
adopted by the SVSU Student Association, 2005-2006

Donald McCabe and Linda Trevino:  "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."

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.

"Students, as members of the academic community, also share responsibility for promoting a healthy academic environment. . . They have an obligation to abide by standards of academic honesty which dictate that all their scholastic work shall be original."
SVSU Student Handbook 1.1.2

"Honest students are penalized by the undetected or unreported dishonesty of their peers. . . . That's why it's essential for all of us to practice academic integrity . . . for practice today will lay a solid foundation for practice tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, so that through daily practice integrity will come to be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, and thus throughout at least a part of the fabric of society."
Sally Cole and Elizabeth Kiss, "What Can We Do About Student Cheating?" About Campus, May-June 2000

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"No student shall cheat, plagiarize or facilitate academic dishonesty by another student. Students are responsible for completing all assigned academic work without unauthorized aid of any kind."
SVSU Code of Student Conduct 1.8.1

Faculty Who Promote Academic Integrity:

Faculty 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.
Continuing Excellence: 2004-2008

"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

The University and the Community Who Expect Academic Integrity

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Academic Integrity Resources and Information:

In 2005, the Student Association supported "the addition of a standard definition of plagiarism into all class syllabi." Click here to view Plagiarism_definition_res. (115kB)

This Academic Integrity website project was supported by a 2004 SVSU Foundation Grant and developed by Diane Boehm, Frank Dane, Melissa Seitz, Anderson Bearden, Deb Kraklow, and Swenja Granzow. For further information, please contact Diane Boehm, dboehm@svsu.edu.