Syllabus Statement of Academic Integrity

The Penn State Syllabus Policy  requires that a written statement on academic integrity be included in the survey.

Your department, college or campus may have standardized text for you to use. Some examples are included below.

College of Liberal Arts (as of Jan 2009)

Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. 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 (Faculty Senate Policy 49-20).

Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the University’s Judicial Affairs office for possible further disciplinary sanction.

Eberly College of Science (as of Jan 2009)

All Penn State policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course (see links below for policy statements). Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. All University policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the text or things you see on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such. All exam answers must be your own, and you must not provide any assistance to other students during exams.

Any instances of academic dishonesty WILL be pursued under the University and Eberly College of Science regulations concerning academic integrity.

The Penn State Penalties

Each college and campus has a specific policy for dealing with allegations of plagiarism with many intermediate steps. The most severe sanction is the XF grade which states that the student failed a class specifically because of Academic Dishonesty. The XF grade is a formal University disciplinary sanction and is reserved for the most serious breaches of academic integrity.

See the Penn State Academic Integrity Policy Pages (opens in new tab) for links for individual colleges and campuses.