Academic Integrity Principles
TEN PRINCIPLES OF
1. Affirm the importance of academic integrity.
Institutions of higher education are dedicated to the
pursuit of truth. Faculty members need to affirm
that the pursuit of truth is grounded in certain core
values, including honesty, civility, and diligence.
2. Foster a love of learning.
A commitment to academic integrity is reinforced
by high academic standards. Most students will
thrive in an atmosphere where academic work
is seen as challenging, relevant, useful, and fair.
Faculty have a special responsibility to maintain
currency in their field and in teaching methods
that fully engage the diversity of students.
3. Treat students as unique individuals.
Faculty and staff members are expected to provide
individual attention and consideration. Students
will generally reciprocate by respecting the values
of their teachers, including a commitment to
4. Promote an environment of trust in the classroom.
Many students are mature adults who value an
environment free of arbitrary rules and trivial
assignments, where trust is earned and given.
Faculty are expected to keep scheduled office hours,
make accommodations for students who cannot
attend regular office hours, reply promptly to
student inquiries, emails and phone calls, administer
final examinations according to scheduled timelines,
and begin and end classes on time. Additionally,
faculty should foster a classroom environment
where diverse, and sometimes divergent, ideas are
welcomed and respected.
5. Encourage student responsibility
for academic integrity.
With proper guidance, students can be given
significant responsibility to help protect and
promote the highest standards of academic
integrity. Students want to work in communities
where competition is fair, integrity is respected,
and cheating is punished. They understand that
one of the greatest inducements to engaging
in academic dishonesty is the perception that
academic dishonesty is rampant and tolerated.
6. Clarify expectations for students.
Faculty members have primary responsibility
for designing and cultivating the educational
environment and experience. They must clarify
their expectations in advance regarding honesty
in academic work, including the nature and scope
of student collaboration. Most students want
such guidance, and welcome it in course syllabi,
carefully reviewed by their teachers in class.
Instructors should inform students of the academic
requirements of each course. Such information
may appropriately include, but is not limited to
(a) notice of the scope of permitted collaboration,
if any; (b) notice of the conventions of citation and
attribution within the discipline of the course; and
(c) notice of the materials that may be used during
examinations and on other assignments.
7. Develop fair and relevant forms of assessment.
Students expect their academic work to be fairly
and fully assessed. Faculty should comment on
student work, praise that which is well done,
and show students where their work does not
meet academic standards. Also, faculty members
are responsible for using – and continuously
revising – forms of assessment, including rubrics,
portfolios, examinations, and essays that require
active and creative thought and promote learning
opportunities for students.
8. Reduce opportunities to engage
in academic dishonesty.
Prevention is a critical line of defense against
academic dishonesty. Faculty will not tempt
or induce students to engage in acts of
academic dishonesty by having ambiguous
policies, undefined or unrealistic standards for
collaboration, inadequate classroom management,
overly consistent assignments and exams, whose
answers do not change from year to year, or poor
9. Challenge academic dishonesty when it occurs.
Faculty and staff are to teach and model academic
integrity and to ensure student integrity in
performance of their assignments. Students
observe how faculty and staff members behave,
with their colleagues and with other students,
and what values they embrace. Faculty and
staff members who ignore or trivialize academic
dishonesty send the message that the core values
of academic life, and community life in general,
are not worth any significant effort to enforce.
10. Help define and support campus-wide
academic integrity standards.
Responsibility for defining, promoting, and
protecting academic integrity is a communitywide
concern, and must be applied consistently
with due process procedures, in affirmation of the
shared values that help make Laney College a true
(Adapted from Ten Principles of Academic Integrity
by Donald L. McCabe and Gary Pavela)
Source: Laney College Catalog, 2013-2015, p.59-60