What is academic integrity?

What is academic integrity?

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Academic integrity and personal responsibility are essential to being an engaged member of the Western community. It is by honest and fair work that our societies grow and thrive. An honest approach to academic work enables you to extend your mind, commit to excellence, and become a true scholar. Dishonest, disrespectful, and unfair behavior is not a victimless crime; it creates an uneven playing field, reduces trust between colleagues, and lowers the standards to which the Western community holds itself. With time and commitment, the practice of integrity evolves from duty to habit.

Why does integrity matter?

Integrity includes being respectful and considerate when interacting with other individuals in personal and professional settings. It applies to all of the the principles, values, and behaviors that contribute to good character such as honesty, fairness, respect, perseverance, and courage.

Academic integrity is exhibited in the classroom by pursuing and developing unique and original ideas. Students and faculty are expected to refer to and build upon the work of others, but must be explicit about what is their own work versus that of others.

The above text was paraphrased and condensed from Western's definitions and expectations of academic integrity. For more information and resources on academic integrity at Western, please see the Western Coalition for Integrity webpage at http://www.wwu.edu/integrity/.