Rights and Responsibilities for Academic Integrity
At the heart of the academic enterprise are learning, teaching, and scholarship. In universities, these are exemplified by reasoned discussion between student and teacher, a mutual respect for the learning and teaching process, and intellectual honesty in the pursuit of new knowledge. In the traditions of the academic enterprise, students and teachers have certain rights and responsibilities that they bring to the academic community. Whereas the following statements do not imply a contract between the teacher or the university and the student, they are nevertheless conventions that the university believes to be central to the learning and teaching process.
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
- Faculty shall share with students and administration the responsibility for academic integrity.
- Faculty are accorded freedom in the classroom to discuss subject matter reasonably related to the course. In turn, they have the responsibility to encourage free and honest inquiry and expression on the part of students.
- Faculty are responsible for the structure and content of their courses, but they have the responsibility to present courses that are consistent with their descriptions in the university catalog. In addition, faculty have the obligation to make students aware of the expectations in the course, the evaluation procedures, and the grading policy.
- Faculty are obligated to evaluate students fairly and equitably in a manner appropriate to the course and its objectives. Grades shall be assigned without prejudice or bias.
- Faculty shall make all reasonable efforts to prevent the occurrence of academic dishonesty through the appropriate design and administration of assignments and examinations, through the careful safeguarding of course materials and examinations, and through regular reassessment of evaluation procedures.
- When instances of academic dishonesty are suspected, faculty shall have the right and responsibility to see that appropriate action is taken in accordance with university regulations.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Students shall share with faculty and administration the responsibility for academic integrity.
- Students shall have the right of inquiry and expression in their courses without prejudice or bias. In addition, students shall have the right to know the requirements of their courses and to know the manner in which they will be evaluated and graded.
- Students shall have the obligation to complete the requirements of their courses in the time and manner prescribed and to submit their work for evaluation.
- Students shall have the right to be evaluated fairly and equitably in a manner appropriate to the course and its objectives.
- Students shall not submit as their own work any work that has been prepared by others. Outside assistance in the preparation of their work, such as librarian assistance, tutorial assistance, typing assistance, or such assistance as may be specified or approved by the instructor, is allowed.
- Students shall make all reasonable efforts to prevent the occurrence of academic dishonesty. They shall, by their own example, encourage academic integrity and refrain from acts of cheating and plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty.
- Campuses or appropriate administrative units of the University of Maryland shall take appropriate measures to foster academic integrity in the classroom.
- Campuses or appropriate administrative units shall take steps to define acts of academic dishonesty, to insure procedures for due process for students accused or suspected of acts of academic dishonesty, and to impose appropriate sanctions on students guilty of acts of academic dishonesty.
- Campuses or appropriate administrative units shall take steps to determine how admission or matriculation shall be affected by acts of academic dishonesty on another campus or at another institution. No student suspended for disciplinary reasons at any campus of the University of Maryland shall be admitted to any other University of Maryland campus during the period of suspension.
Adopted May 8, 1981, by the Board of Regents: Revised, November 2009.