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Academic Honesty

Creating a Community of Academic Integrity

The principal objective of the Cabrini University Policy on Academic Honesty is to encourage a dynamic, open and honest intellectual climate based on the personal and academic integrity of all members.

Faculty, students, and administrators share responsibility for maintaining this environment of academic honesty and integrity, accepting individual responsibility for all actions, personal and academic.

All members of the community—faculty, students, and administrators—are expected to uphold the values identified and described in this policy.

  • Honesty 

“An academic community of integrity advances the quest for truth and knowledge by requiring intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, and service... 
Cultivating honesty lays the foundation for lifelong integrity, developing in each of us the courage and insight to make difficult choices and accept responsibility for actions and their consequences, even at personal cost.”

  • Trust 

“An academic community of integrity fosters a climate of mutual trust, encourages the free exchange of ideas, and enables all to reach their highest potential... 

Trust is promoted by faculty who set clear guidelines for assignments and for evaluating student work; by students who prepare work that is honest and thoughtful; and by schools that set clear and consistent academic standards that support honest and impartial research.”

  • Fairness 

“An academic community of integrity establishes clear standards, practices, and procedures and expects fairness in the interactions of students, faculty, and administrators... 

Fair and accurate evaluation is essential in the education process. For students, important components of fairness are predictability, clear expectations, and a consistent and just response to dishonesty.”

  • Respect 

“An academic community of integrity recognizes that participatory nature of the learning process and honors and respects a wide range of opinions and ideas... 

Students and faculty must respect themselves and each other as individuals, not just as a means to an end.”

  • Responsibility 

“An academic community of integrity upholds personal accountability and depends upon action in the face of wrongdoing... 

Every member of an academic community—each student, faculty member, and administrator—is responsible for upholding the integrity of scholarship and research... 

Whatever the circumstances, members of an academic community must not tolerate or ignore dishonesty on the part of others.”

From "The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity" (Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999) 

As a university, our collective goal is the Education of the Heart and the search for the truth.

Students, faculty, and administrators aspire to create a community where competition is fair, integrity is respected, and dishonesty is not tolerated.

It is the responsibility of students to help maintain the community of academic integrity. Specifically, students are given significant responsibility to help protect and promote the highest standards of academic integrity and help maintain honesty in all actions.

  • Students are expected to adhere to these values.
  • Students shall not receive credit for work that is not a product of their own efforts.
  • Lack of understanding or familiarity with this policy shall not be considered a valid defense to charges of violating it.