Academic Integrity

Instructors are asked (Senate Rule 49-20) to provide at the beginning of a course a statement to clarify the application of academic integrity criteria to that course. The Senate Rule includes the following:

Integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment by all members of the University community not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

All Penn State and Eberly College of Science academic Integrity polices and proceduresregarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations or other unauthorized class materials, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

Specific instances of academic dishonesty in this course include, but are not limited to:

  • representing yourself to be another person online
  • allowing another person to represent yourself online
  • allowing unauthorized persons to access lecture materials, quizzes, or exams
  • copying or helping someone else copy during an examination
  • receiving help or information from any person during a quiz or exam
  • using unauthorized materials or notes during quizzes or examinations
  • searching for answers on the internet ("googling" for answers)
  • using a programmable calculator on quizzes or examinations
  • use of a cell phone or other communication device during a quiz or exam
  • stealing or destroying course materials
  • sharing information about quiz and exam questions with other students
  • altering answers or grades on graded examinations
  • having someone take an examination for you
  • distributing course materials to others
  • attempting to do any of the above

Consequences of such infractions may range from awarding a grade of “0” on the exam or assignment in question to receiving an immediate F in the course (and not allowing the student to drop the class).