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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: Welcome

Academic Integrity: why you should care

What does it mean to be a person of integrity?

First and foremost, it means to be honest and therefore trustworthy. It means having strong moral principles and striving to always "do the right thing", even when it is difficult to do so and even if easier, but less honest ways of doing something are available.

As students you are expected to do honest work, and in turn can expect honest feedback on the work you did.

If you cheat, fabricate data, falsify information, or plagiarize you seemingly gain a short-term advantage by getting a better grade on a test or paper, but in the long run you are really cheating yourself.

Why? Because you rob yourself of the opportunity to become aware of and work on your strengths and weaknesses, to develop valuable lifelong skills (such as reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills), and you rob yourself of the opportunity to grow, to increase your confidence in your abilities, and to graduate with credentials you really deserve.



The maintenance of high ethical standards is central to any research and scholarship at KPU.

All persons, instructor and students alike, are expected to uphold these standards, which include honesty, trust, fairness, responsibility and respect for others and their work. Any misconduct is an offense that is followed by disciplinary action.

Examples of scholarly misconduct as outlined in the procedure document of KPU's Policy ED031 (B.18), entitled Integrity in Research and Scholarship Procedure, include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Falsification
  • Failure to recognize the contributions of others
  • Failure to adhere to the policy on intellectual property rights
  • Using unpublished work of others without permission and/or acknowledgment
  • Republishing one's own work, whole or in part, without acknowledgement or justification

At KPU, the same high standards of academic integrity that are central to all research and scholarship are expected from students in their coursework. Any form of cheating is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences: see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy.


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Ulrike Kestler