Academic integrity, at its core, is honesty in and about your work.
It is about taking credit for your work and giving credit to the work of others.
Ultimately, it is about respecting others and their work and expecting similar respect in return.
To fully understand academic integrity and the role it plays at Marianopolis, you need to know about the Institutional Policy for the Evaluation of Student Achievement, or IPESA. The IPESA outlines:
To read the full IPESA, go to the Policies page on the Marianopolis website.
The section on Academic Integrity gives a definition of Academic integrity. First, it states that:
"In keeping with the principles of fairness and honesty, and consistent with the standards upheld by institutions of higher learning, the College is committed to promoting and protecting academic integrity." (Marianopolis 17)
It continues by saying that:
"Students are expected to submit work that is entirely their own. Any reference (direct quotes or otherwise) to another person's ideas, content, answers, or manner of expression must be cited in conformity with guidelines provided by the teacher." (Marianopolis 17)
"Students must be honest and truthful in all matters covered by the IPESA (e.g. provision of medical notes, language-proficiency level, attendance, etc.)." (Marianopolis 17)
In this context, the IPESA sets out the following expectations:
The IPESA also notes that claiming ignorance that your actions broke the rules of academic integrity does not excuse your actions. In other words, "I didn't know" is not a valid excuse.
The rules of of the IPESA create a fair and level starting point for evaluating the work of everyone in the class. Ignoring those rules disregards the hard work of others and the expertise of your teacher, and, ultimately, hinders your ability to actually learn the content of the course.
The IPESA defines a violation of academic integrity as follows:
Importantly, this also includes attempting to do any of the above. When it comes to academic integrity, the intent is as important a the final results.
Following the discovery of a violation of academic integrity, the following will happen:
Practicing academic integrity shows that you value the work and opinions of others in the academic community.
It's a commitment to honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
It's showing the conviction and the courage to make decisions that uphold academic integrity, and to stick with those decisions in the face of adversity.
It's important to remember that members of the academic community rely on each other's work. New research builds on what has come before. But, if you can't trust your sources, how can you learn from them? How can you build on them? That's what academic integrity isn't optional. Practicing academic integrity is part of being a member of the academic community, and it is necessary for that community to thrive.