Academic Integrity Defined

According to The International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University, five fundamental values characterize an academic community of integrity.

Honesty
The quest for truth and knowledge requires intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, and service.
Trust
Academic institutions must foster a climate of mutual trust in order to stimulate the free exchange of ideas.
Fairness
All interactions among students, faculty, and administrators should be grounded in clear standards, practices, and procedures.
Respect
Learning is a participatory process in which wide-ranging opinions and ideas are respected.
Responsibility
A thriving community demands personal accountability on the part of each member and depends on action in the face of wrongdoing.

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 icon, .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.