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University Faculty Senate Academic Integrity Policy

The University Faculty Senate Policies for Students, which you can find online at http://www.psu.edu/ufs/policies/, outlines broad guidelines for defining and maintaining academic integrity at the college under Policy AD 49-20 Academic Integrity. The policy reads as follows:

Definition and expectations: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments (Senate Policy 44-40: Proctoring of Examinations). At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of University and College academic integrity policies to that course. More specifically faculty and administrators have to:

  •  Provide any specifics relevant to your course on the course  syllabus  Interpret your rules and policy for Academic Integrity for the class
  •  Explain that failure to follow the Academic Integrity at the University is intellectually dishonest and devalues the Penn State degree that everyone earns.

Committee on Academic Integrity: Each College Dean (or Campus Executive Officer as determined by College policy) shall appoint a Committee on Academic Integrity made up of faculty, students, and academic administrators with faculty being the majority. This committee shall:

  1. Promote expectations for academic integrity consistent with the definition in this policy.
  2. Ensure fairness and consistency in processes and outcomes. To ensure University-wide consistency, College Committees will work with the Office of Judicial Affairs and the Office of the Provost of the University to develop procedures for handling and sanctioning dishonesty infractions.
  3. Review and settle all contested cases in which academic sanctions are applied. If necessary, further disciplinary action will be taken by Judicial Affairs.
  4. Record all cases of academic dishonesty within a college and report them to Judicial Affairs.