Academic Integrity Defined
According to The International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University, six fundamental values characterize an academic community of integrity.
- The quest for truth and knowledge requires intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, and service.
- Academic institutions must foster a climate of mutual trust in order to stimulate the free exchange of ideas.
- All interactions among students, faculty, and administrators should be grounded in clear standards, practices, and procedures.
- Learning is a participatory process in which wide-ranging opinions and ideas are respected.
- A thriving community demands personal accountability on the part of each member and depends on action in the face of wrongdoing.
- To develop and sustain communities of integrity, it takes more than simply believing in the fundamental values. Translating the values from talking points into action--standing up for them in the face of pressure and adversity--requires determination, commitment, and courage.
Some schools, such as Kansas State University, ask their students to sign honor pledges or agreements to abide by the institution's academic integrity values. NAU does not have honor pledges per se, but the Student Handbook and the Arizona Board of Regents' Student Code of Conduct (, .pdf) serve as implied pledges. Also, your instructor gives you a course syllabus, which itself is a contract of sorts, stating the expectations for conduct in the course.