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Academic Integrity


Academic Integrity and Scholastic Dishonesty

A fundamental principle for any educational institution, academic integrity is highly valued and seriously regarded at The University of Texas at El Paso. More specifically, students are expected to maintain absolute integrity and a high standard of individual honor in scholastic work undertaken at the University. At a minimum, you should complete any assignments, exams, and other scholastic endeavors with the utmost honesty, which requires you to:

    • acknowledge the contributions of other sources to your scholastic efforts;
    • complete your assignments independently unless expressly authorized to seek or obtain assistance in preparing them;
    • follow instructions for assignments and exams, and observe the standards of your academic discipline; and
    • avoid engaging in any form of academic dishonesty on behalf of yourself or another student.

For the official policies on academic integrity and scholastic dishonesty, please refer to Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Academic Integrity

“Academic Integrity is a commitment to fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.” Specifically these values are defined as follows:

  • Honesty: advances the quest for truth and knowledge by requiring intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, and service.
  • Trust: fosters a climate of mutual trust, encourages the free exchange of ideas, and enables all to reach their highest potential.
  • Fairness: establishes clear standards, practices, and procedures and expects fairness in the interaction of students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Respect: recognizes the participatory nature of the learning process and honors and respects a wide range of opinions and ideas.
  • Responsibility: upholds personal responsibility and depends upon action in the face of wrongdoing.
    • As stated in The Center for Academic Integrity handbook, “The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity,” p. 4. Des Plaines, Illinois.

Scholastic Dishonesty

Any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable to another person.

  • Cheating
    • Copying form the test paper of another student
    • Communicating with another student during a test
    • Giving or seeking aid from another student during a test
    • Possession and/or use of unauthorized materials during tests (i.e. Crib notes, class notes, books, etc)
    • Substituting for another person to take a test
    • Falsifying research data, reports, academic work offered for credit
  • Plagiarism
    • Using someone’s work in your assignments without the proper citations
    • Submitting the same paper or assignment from a different course, without direct permission of instructors
  • Collusion
    • Unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments

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