Academic Integrity Web-Based Tutorial

UMBC's Commitment to Academic Integrity

Click here to see the Policy and Procedures for Student Academic Misconduct

The UMBC community—faculty, administration, and students—are committed to creating an academic environment in which teaching, learning, and research are conducted according to the principles of academic integrity. Our website summarizes the many initiatives undertaken to assure this commitment. Both UMBC's President and Provost are resolved to have academic integrity be integral to our campus culture.

UMBC's general academic policies may be found on the Provost's website. Please review the list of policies so that you will be aware of their existence and web location.

The Graduate School's Academic Integrity Tutorial
Students arriving at UMBC to begin graduate study come from very different places and backgrounds. Some have had little undergraduate instruction on topics such as plagiarism and the proper citation of sources. Others have come from countries where norms of academic integrity are very different from those in the United States. Because of this, we have developed a tutorial that is required of all entering graduate students.

Academic Integrity is a very complex set of ethical policies and principles, and this tutorial provides only a basic, elementary overview. It is, in effect, "Academic Integrity 101." Each academic discipline has its own variations to the policies, definitions, and examples presented here. Students are encouraged to delve more deeply into the topics outlined in this tutorial by reading some of the references presented in the final chapter, Bibliography and Additional Reading. You are also encouraged to consult with faculty in your department for exceptions, modifications, and additional requirements demanded by your particular discipline.

If you need to report an instance of academic misconduct, speak to the appropriate faculty member. The university policy states that, "Each faculty member is responsible for maintaining academic integrity in his or her courses and has the authority to determine whether a student has engaged in academic misconduct." 1

Throughout your studies at UMBC, the faculty and staff are available to assist in assuring that you adhere to the concepts of academic integrity. Please contact the faculty and staff in your department and/or the Graduate School if you have questions or are unsure of how to adhere to these policies.

This web document will be continually updated and modified to better represent the wide range of topics and disciplines covered.

Taking the Tutorial
Before the end of the second week of classes at UMBC, each new graduate student will be required to take and pass the Academic Integrity tutorial. You should read the definitions, examples, and explanations within the various tutorial "chapters."

When you are ready to be tested on your knowledge of this material, click the "click to launch" at the end of each module, and take the test. You may save and leave the tutorial as often as you wish, so that it need not be completed in one sitting. You will be able to see as you proceed through the material what your cumulative score is. Each of 20 questions has a score of 5, and a passing score is a total of 80 or higher; therefore, only a maximum of 4 of the 20 questions may be answered incorrectly.

Each new degree-seeking graduate student entering UMBC after the 2005 academic year will be required to pass the test by the end of the second week of classes at UMBC.

Failure to complete the tutorial and pass the test will result in your registration being blocked for future terms. When you are ready to begin the tutorial, you will need to login to Blackboard at

After you login, click on the Organizations tab. This should list the organizations and courses in which you participate. Under organizations, you should find UMBC Grad School AI Tutorial.

Click on the UMBC Grad School AI Tutorial tab and this screen should appear;

Welcome to the Graduate School's tutorial on Academic Integrity!

The column on the left has the tabs for each module. When you have completed the tutorial, make sure to click on the submit tab, so that your scores will be tabulated.

If you are a continuing student or UMBC faculty, and do not have access to the tutorial on Blackboard, but wish to be enrolled, please send an e-mail request to Lisa Portis Morgan. Include your name and UMBC email address.

This tutorial was developed in 2003 for UMBC by Dr. Barbara E. Lovitts, a national authority on issues of higher education, who was at the time affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park. Technical support was provided by Mr. Tom Armstrong, doctoral student in Computer Sciences in 2003-2006, and Mr. Robert Armstrong, UMBC Office of Information Technology. Ms. Elizabeth B. Douglass, UMBC's Director of Graduate Enrollment (1997-2006), edited the tutorial based on recommendations and test questions provided by numerous graduate faculty. UMBC gratefully acknowledges the materials on academic integrity obtained from the websites of the following universities: California State University at Los Angeles, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Phoenix, University of Texas, University of Toronto.


1 UMBC, April 1995, Policy and Procedures for Student Academic Misconduct,, p. 257, (February 3, 2005).