Undergraduate Student Handbook

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others. To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of University and College academic integrity policies to that course. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and abide by that statement.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To be prepared for every class. 
  • To develop a comprehensive syllabus covering topics to be studied, exam timing, policies, office hours, etc. for distribution during the first week of class. 
  • To treat students and staff with respect and courtesy. 
  • To administer courses in a fair manner and in accordance with University policy. 
  • To assign meaningful homework. 
  • To provide meaningful feedback on graded material in a timely manner. 
  • To post and hold sufficient office hours, so as to be accessible to most students, and be available during those times. 
  • To do everything possible to enhance and enforce academic integrity. 
  • To develop fair assessment instruments which will be impartially and fairly graded. 
  • To cover the prescribed topics in each course as published in this handbook. 
  • To encourage student professional growth and participation in preparation for future careers. 
  • To provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. 
  • To instruct, as needed, on the use and safety of equipment. 
  • To provide informed advice on academic matters (such as course selection, scheduling, etc.). 
  • To inform students when classes or office hours cannot be met. 
  • To display enthusiasm in courses taught and be concerned about student learning. 

Student Responsibilities

  • To attend every class unless extenuating circumstances occur (such as illness, emergencies, etc.). 
  • To treat faculty and staff with respect and courtesy.
  • To come to class prepared to actively listen and participate (having completed reading and other as-signments).
  • To exhibit academic integrity.
  • To respect other students and faculty in class through appropriate conduct (such as on-time attendance, attention to class activities, etc.)
  • To exhibit academic integrity.
  • To put forth an honest effort to understand material and prepare specific questions for faculty or teaching assistants when problems arise.
  • To provide prior information and documentation for situations meriting special attention (such as illness, athletic team travel, etc.).
  • To meet with his/her adviser regularly to ensure that all academic requirements are met. 
  • To follow the stated policies of each course. 
  • To plan for their professional development and future. 
  • To review prerequisite material as needed.
  • To properly and safely use and care for all department facilities and equipment.  
  • To equally participate in all group labs, assignments, and projects.
  • To take SRTEs seriously and provide a fair assessment, of course and faculty. 
  • To display enthusiasm for courses with a real concern for learning.


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