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Academic Integrity

University policies to ensure that work done is one's own and that the work of others is properly recognized.

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity refers to behavior in an academic setting that ensures that work done is one's own and that the work of others is properly recognized.

University Faculty Senate Academic Integrity Policy

Why is Penn State concerned about academic integrity?

Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences are very concerned about academic integrity. The reputation of the University depends on the good behavior of students and faculty. Alumni depend on you, the student, to uphold the reputation of their degree. You will depend on future students to uphold the reputation of your degree. In your immediate future, both during your years in college and after earning your degree, you will seek employment. How employers view you will depend on the reputation of the University, your major, and the employer's experience with past students.

Academic integrity speaks to the quality of your education. It means that you and others have done the work for which you have received a grade.

Administrative Academic Integrity Procedure (G9)

What are some examples of violations of academic integrity?

  • Allowing another person to look at or copy your exam, quiz or assignment.
  • Submitting a lab report, project report, or paper with the name of a person that did not work on the report or paper.
  • Passing answers via notes, electronic devices, or other methods.
  • Discussing the answers to an exam or assignment prior to completing the exam or assignment.
  • Submitting a lab report, project report, or paper without proper citations.