Importance of Academic Honesty in a University Community

"Academic Integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to the five fundamental values: Honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow the principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action."

- Center for Academic Integrity, Duke University, 1999.

As members of the VSU community, we are committed to cultivating an environment of mutual respect, honesty, fairness, and responsibility, because we know those values and actions cause others to respect us and the work we do. The value of the degrees VSU confers is raised because of our academic integrity.

VSU community members understand that academic integrity comes from honesty in learning and research.  Genuine and sometimes hard-won knowledge and respect comes from presenting one’s own work and acknowledging the work of others.

Personal and academic honesty fosters trust. Mutual trust among all members of the VSU community is essential for a positive learning environment. Through mutual trust, we can conduct research and learn with confidence.

All members of the VSU community must be treated with fairness. This means that all policies and practices must apply equally to all members.

By respecting our academic environment and peers, we learn to thrive in VSU’s diversity.  We recognize the participatory nature of the learning process and therefore the requirement for mutual respect in academic relationships, including respect and tolerance for a wide range of opinions and ideas.

Finally, we all have a responsibility to uphold the values of academic integrity. This is the key to building a better VSU community.

“Academic Integrity/ Honesty” means performing all academic work without plagiarism, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, receiving unauthorized or illegitimate assistance from any other person, or using any source of information that is not common knowledge.

"Academic Dishonesty" means knowingly performing, attempting to perform, or assisting any other person in performing any academic work that does not meet this standard of academic honesty. Our goal is to use proactive measures to uphold the integrity of the University, and to increase the overall value of our diploma.



"The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity", Center for Academic Integrity, Duke University, 1999. 24 May 24, 2007

“Academic Mission Statement.” Students' Society of McGill University, February 8, 2001.  24 May 2007