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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a vital ethical commitment of the UMBC community. The Faculty Senate affirmed the importance of our values and practices at its February 2001 meeting by adopting the Statement of Values for Student Academic Integrity at UMBC (see below). This statement is consistent with the Faculty Senate's adoption of the Student Academic Conduct Policy in November, 2010. UMBC undergraduate students approved an Undergraduate Honor Statement in a student referendum in spring, 2004. The Honors Task Force Report and subsequent conversations in the 2000-2001 year reinforced our shared commitment to uphold high ethical standards amid new challenges and technologies. As a member institution of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), UMBC is part of an international consortium sharing best practices and ongoing efforts to maintain traditional values in a dynamically changing academic environment. Faculty and students are encouraged to consider such principles as outlined by ICAI colleague Dr. Bill Taylor in A Letter to My Students Additional resources relating to academic integrity for students and faculty members are included on this site, in the UMBC Student Handbook and the Graduate School's Policy and Procedures for Student Academic Misconduct.

UMBC Statement of Values for Academic Integrity

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult UMBC policies, or the Faculty Handbook (Section 14.3). For graduate courses, see the Graduate School website.