Academic Integrity at UMUC

Upholding academic integrity is a serious matter at UMUC. 

Academic integrity refers to a set of shared values, principles, behaviors, and skills that lie at the heart of learning and scholarship. University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has a long history of commitment to academic integrity, reflecting its core values of truth, honesty, fairness, respect and responsibility. Graduates who have learned the values, principles, behaviors, and skills that characterize academic integrity are prepared to make choices based on an awareness of ethical contexts.

UMUC students are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity throughout their academic pursuit. Intellectually honest academic work represents independent analysis and acknowledges all sources of information that contribute to the ideas being explored.

Marie CiniA Message from the Provost, Marie A. Cini, PhD

The mark of an educated person is the ability to learn from others and use that knowledge to develop new ideas and approaches, always remembering to credit those who led the way on their intellectual path. This is the essence of what it means to have academic integrity. Read the entire message.


Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct strikes at the core of UMUC’s mission because it undermines the learning process and compromises the quality and reputation of a UMUC degree. Hence, the university is committed to addressing all alleged instances of academic misconduct in accordance with the following policies:

The failure to uphold academic integrity includes: falsification of data; improper assignment of credit; and any representation of the ideas, words, or work of others as one’s own. When students misrepresent their work, faculty cannot accurately assess their performance or provide the feedback students need to learn. Students who plagiarize or cheat harm themselves and ultimately damage the value and reputation of a UMUC degree for everyone.

UMUC provides a number of resources and support for students and faculty to help them understand the value of academic integrity and to avoid scholarly misconduct. All members of the UMUC community are accountable for knowing and practicing university-wide policies regarding academic integrity, as well as any procedures specific to their school, program, and course.