A 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.

Intellectually honest academic work acknowledges all sources of information that contribute to the ideas we explore.

When students misrepresent others’ work as their own, faculty cannot accurately assess performance or provide the feedback students need in order to learn. In addition, the academic dishonesty of a few students devalues the learning of all their peers. Ultimately, academic dishonesty damages the value and reputation of a UMUC degree for everyone.

UMUC’s policy on academic dishonesty and plagiarism ensures that the principles of academic integrity are upheld and outlines the procedures for alleged violations. Maintaining academic integrity in our work requires mastery of essential skills and competencies, such as integrating others’ ideas into an analysis, thinking critically about sources, and directly citing the work of others. UMUC is committed to helping students learn and master these skills.

The Academic Integrity at UMUC Web site is a resource for the entire university community to learn about integrity in academic work—the core of everything we do at UMUC.

Marie A. Cini, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs