What is Academic Integrity?

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

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, EMS faculty will regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and prevent acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, the instructor will provide students with a statement clarifying the application of EMS academic integrity policies to that course.

Although it is the prerogative of the individual course instructor to pursue violations of academic integrity, the college strongly encourages all faculty to inform their students of the college policy on academic dishonesty and to include a definitive statement in their course syllabi describing unacceptable behavior and the sanctions to be applied should a violation occur. In the case of the latter, a sanction might indicate that a first cheating infraction would lead to a score of zero on the examination or assignment in which the violation occurred, and a second incident would result in an F grade (failure) in the course. A more extensive list of possible sanctions relevant to specific violations may be found in the sanctioning guidelines for academic integrity violations. Moreover, faculty statements also should include conditions or criteria that uniquely apply to the course. For example, large and crowded classrooms require the need for extra care and civility on the part of students to avoid irritation to their neighbors. It is of the utmost importance that students be reminded frequently and clearly about the importance of academic integrity to the educational and scientific enterprise and the consequences to those who chose to violate basic rules of honest behavior.

Please see Senate Policy 49-20 Academic Integrity.

Criteria for Sanctions

The highest standards of academic integrity are an absolute necessity for the successful pursuit of scholarly activities and research. Any violation of the strictest adherence to honesty in EMS will not be tolerated and will be evaluated and punished in an appropriate and timely manner. Typical sanctions include a zero on the assignment or examination in question or failure in the course. A more complete list of dishonest acts may be found in the sanctioning guidelines

Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • cheating and copying on examinations
  • inappropriate collaboration on assignments
  • and tampering with another person's work

In addition, we are particularly concerned about violations of the research integrity of the college, such as all manners of plagiarism, the submission of previous work, the alteration or omission of relevant data, and electronic theft.

Forms and Procedures