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Why is Academic Integrity Important?

Following the Academic Integrity Policy and Avoiding Violations

Academic integrity is a fundamental value because violations of it cause real harm to real people. Protecting the ASU community from this harm is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Students who suspect a policy violation are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their course instructor or academic advisor.
  • Faculty, T.A.’s, and instructors are expected to address all violations of the ASU Academic Integrity Policy. Please become familiar with the university policy and the process for addressing violations of the policy within your College Specific Policies and Procedures

Harm to Student

  • If students cheat in a course or another academic exercise, they are taking away from themselves the opportunity to learn.
  • The faculty holds the highest standards of academic integrity. If a student is caught cheating, the sanction can be anything from a lowered grade on an assignment to expulsion from ASU.
  • ASU has a grade of "XE" which can become part of a transcript and permanent academic records and explicitly means that the student failed a course because of academic dishonesty. Here’s the Student Academic Integrity Policy’s explanation of the "XE":

The "XE" grade denotes failure through academic dishonesty. The "XE" grade will be recorded on the student's official and unofficial transcript with the notation "failure due to academic dishonesty.” The "XE" grade shall be treated in the same way as an "E" for the purposes of grade point average and determination of academic standing.

No student with an "XE" grade on his or her transcript shall be permitted to represent the University in any extracurricular activity or to run for or hold office in any recognized student organization.

Generally, the "XE" grade will remain on the transcript permanently.

  • ASU degrees could mean less. If ASU develops a reputation for academic dishonesty based on high levels of student cheating, students’ future employers, colleagues and others could have less respect for their accomplishments at ASU.
  • Cheating creates an unfair grading environment for others. Whether or not a course is graded on a curve, a student who cheats, turns in high-quality work and is not caught raises the expectations about work quality for all students.
  • Cheating can directly affect innocent students. For example, if a student plagiarizes on a group project, all the students in the group may be sanctioned for an Academic Integrity Policy violation.

Harm to Future Employers, Clients or Patients

  • Cheating can hurt the people students will work with in the future. Many students are preparing for careers where they will provide services to others—legal, journalistic, medical, research, etc. If these students fail to learn how to do this work because they cheat at ASU, they have cheated their future employers and clients of a knowledgeable professional.

Harm to ASU

  • ASU is an intellectual community focused on teaching, research and the values of the New American University. The creation, transmission, sharing and applying of knowledge are central activities of the community. Cheating violates fundamental values of the university community.