Academic Integrity

Policies and Procedures on Academic Integrity

Penn State and the College of Communications have adopted policies to encourage academic integrity. These policies describe activities that violate the principles of academic integrity and responsibility, including cheating on exams and plagiarism, and they provide penalties for such violations. All students should know and understand the kinds of activities that constitute violations and the range of sanctions that can be imposed.

Some examples of violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to cheating, copying on a test, submitting previously turned-in work, misrepresentation, and plagiarism. Additional examples can be found at Penn State Erie's Position Statement on Academic Integrity.

The College of Communications Academic Integrity Policy spells out the procedure for dealing with violations. Every student in the College should read and understand the policy and be aware of their rights and responsibilities within the process.

It is very important that students understand the steps involved in working through a suspected violation of AI, what they are likely to encounter, and what happens at each step in the process. To learn about what you need to know if you are suspected of violating the academic integrity policy, please visit the Davis Program in Ethical Leadership's pages on the consequences of cheating.