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Academic Integrity

Stevenson University expects all members of its community to behave with integrity. Honesty and integrity provide the clearest path to knowledge, understanding, and truth – the highest goals of an academic institution. For students, integrity is fundamental to the development of intellect, character, and the personal and professional ethics that will govern their lives and shape their careers. Stevenson University embraces and operates in a manner consistent with the definitions and principles of Academic Integrity as set forth by the International Center for Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.1

· Honesty. Academic communities of integrity advance the quest for truth and knowledge through intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, and service.

· Trust. Academic communities of integrity both foster and rely upon climates of mutual trust. Climates of trust encourage and support the free exchange of ideas which in turn allows scholarly inquiry to reach its fullest potential.

· Fairness. Academic communities of integrity establish clear and transparent expectations, standards, and practices to support fairness in the interactions of students, faculty, and administrators.

· Respect. Academic communities of integrity value the interactive, cooperative, participatory nature of learning. They honor, value, and consider diverse opinions and ideas.

· Responsibility. Academic communities of integrity rest upon foundations of personal accountability coupled with the willingness of individuals and groups to lead by example, uphold mutually agreed-upon standards, and take action when they encounter wrongdoing.

· Courage. To develop and sustain communities of integrity, it takes more than simply believing in the fundamental values. Translating the values from talking points into action – standing up for them in the face of pressure and adversity – requires determination, commitment, and courage. 2

Stevenson University expects academic integrity from all members of its community. Behaviors that violate the principles and expectations of academic integrity are considered to be forms of academic misconduct and are addressed under the University’s Academic Misconduct Policy.

 

1 International Center for Academic Integrity. (2014). The Fundamental Values Project. Retrieved from http://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/resources-2.php

2 The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/assets/Revised_FV_2014.pdf

(Approved April 2020)

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