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Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

"The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility."

International Center for Academic Integrity. (2010). In International Center for Academic Integrity: Fundamental Values Project. Retrieved December  31, 2011, from

According to Davis in Cheating in School, academic integrity also involves courage: 

The courage not to cheat, the courage to confront a friend or colleague who cheats, and the courage to confront instructors, the dean, or the Board of Trustees if they do not take cheating seriously (p. 193).

Davis writes, "For teachers and faculty, student academic integrity becomes an extension of their professionalism. For students, their academic integrity is a sign of respect for their teachers and confidence that their peers will not try to gain unfair advantage by cheating" (p.191).

Davis, S. F., Drinan, P. F., & Gallant, T. B. (2009). Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do. West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

"There is no correlation between success and cheating; cheaters do not perform better on exams" (p. 9).

Houston, J.P. (1986). Survey corroboration of experimental findings on classroom cheating behavior. College Student Journal 20, p. 168-173. Reported in Dowd, S. (1992). Academic Integrity: A Review and Case Study. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

Guide to Grammar & Writing from the Capital Community College Foundation 

Websites defining plagiarism, paraphrasing, and summarizing:

Indiana University . (2004). Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. In Writing Tutorial Services. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from

Dr. Martin Luther King,, Jr. Library. (2004). In Plagiarism. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from

Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers, The State Univer. (n.d.). In How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Online Tutorial. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. (2010). How to avoid plagiarism: Paraphrasing and summarizing. In Plagiarism. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from


    For nursing students

    Code of Ethics for Nurses 

    Please note how Provision 5, 5.1, and 5.3 especially relate to Academic Integrity in this PDF of the Code:

    American Nurses Association. (2011). Code of ethics for nurses. In Nursing World. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from


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