Academic Integrity Violations

Academic integrity is a cornerstone of higher education and dishonest behavior in the classroom can disrupt the educational process for faculty and students. While as a faculty member, you are at the front line when these situations occur; educating students about integrity in their academic work is an institutional value. The Office of Student Conduct aims to partner with faculty to:
  • Promote academic integrity in and out of the classroom
  • Educate our students about the expectations here at WSU
  • Empower our students to take pride in their academic work and to add greater value to their personal educational career at WSU
Our office is eager to support academic integrity in your classroom. Please contact us if you would like us to do a presentation for your class or department.

Sample Syllabus Statement

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive [insert academic sanction (e.g., fail the course, fail the assignment, etc.)], will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-010.  If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.