To understand academic integrity, let's start by looking at the two words that make up the concept:
So "academic integrity" refers to what it means to be honest and moral when it comes to your education and scholarship.
Some questions to ask yourself:
The International Center for Academic Integrity has identified six fundamental values essential to maintaining academic integrity:
The first five values set out how students, faculty, staff, and administrators at UofM and other educational institutions should behave towards each other to create a better learning community. Take a moment and think about what it means to act with honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
The last value, courage, is a about having the personal strength to live out the other five values, even if it would be easier not to.
The Fogelman College of Business & Economics makes a clear case in their Standards for Academic Integrity about what is at stake when it comes to acting with academic integrity during your education:
Dr. Matthew Sanders reinforces this point in his book Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education. Your education is an opportunity to grow and develop habits that will benefit you for the rest of your life, but plagiarism, cheating, and other acts of academic dishonesty waste this opportunity. Dr. Sanders notes:
The University of Memphis takes academic integrity seriously. In the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities [PDF], plagiarism and other academic misconduct are considered "inappropriate for the University community and in opposition to the lawful missions and core values of the University (7). Academic misconduct is the very first topic covered on behavioral expectations in the Code.
According to the Code, academic misconduct involves "any act of academic dishonesty," including:
“Academic.” Lexico Dictionaries, https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/academic.
Fogelman College of Business & Economics. “FCBE Standards for Academic Integrity.” University of Memphis, https://www.memphis.edu/fcbe/students/integrity.php.
“Integrity.” Lexico Dictionaries, https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/integrity.
International Center for Academic Integrity. The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. 2nd ed., 2014, https://www.academicintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Fundamental-Values-2014.pdf.
Sanders, Matthew L. Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education. 1st ed., Institute for Communication & Leadership, 2012.
University of Memphis. Student Code of Rights & Responsibilities. https://www.memphis.edu/osa/pdfs/student_code.pdf.