Academic integrity is a fundamental value upon which colleges and universities are built. Students, faculty and staff are expected to contribute candid opinions, reviews and assessments of research and other academic exercises that are vital to sustaining the discussion and exchange of ideas. This conversation stimulates intellectual growth and development among the community and its members. For learning and scholarship to thrive, academic communities cannot tolerate acts of academic dishonesty, such as cheating, misrepresentation or plagiarism.
According to the Center for Academic Integrity there are five fundamental values that characterize an academic community of integrity:
Acts of academic dishonesty compromise these core values and undermine the process by which knowledge is created, shared and evaluated. Repeated offenses cast suspicion on the integrity of individuals and damage the reputation of the larger academic community.