Definition of Academic Integrity

Overview and Objectives:

This section will review the Penn State definition of academic integrity and explain why you should adhere to this policy. 

Upon completion of this material, you should be able to:

What is Academic Integrity? 

It is likely that you have heard the term “academic integrity” before, but if you haven’t, the Penn State definition as stated by University Policy section 49-20 is:

"Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner."

Penn State Policy further states:

“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.”

But why adhere to this principle?

Following the basic tenets of academic integrity is important beyond the rules of Penn State. By producing information ethically, your work can be reused and shared with academic and professional institutions outside of the Penn State community. Practices that may seem time-consuming actually serve to make your work shareable, and, more importantly, personally identifiable.

It’s part of the Penn State Code of Conduct. If you violate academic integrity, you are violating one of the fundamental principles of this institution and you can expect consequences through your academic program and the Office of Student Conduct.

You’ve worked hard; you deserve to have your work produced in a form that can go beyond these walls.