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Academic Integrity

What? and Why? of Academic Integrity

What is academic integrity? Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in your coursework, scholarship and research.

Why is academic integrity important? In an era when accusations of plagiarism erupt regularly, your reputation of integrity will be priceless. You and your work will be trusted in academia, research and your future career.

As a top-ranked college and New American University, Arizona State University (ASU) must preserve its reputation for excellence and quality. Therefore, any student who fails to meet ASU standards of academic integrity can suffer serious consequences.

Consequences of non-compliance can be significant, including:

  • Reduced or failing grade for an assignment or course
  • An "XE" grade which is usually permanent on the student's official transcript with the notation "failure due to academic dishonesty."
  • Federal granting agencies have barred grant applicants who violated academic integrity standards from receiving grants or sitting on grant panels for up to three years.
  • Expulsion or temporary removal from a major or program of study within an ASU school or college.

Serious violations can result in the revocation of a degree several years after it was granted. The pressure to finish a degree may be intense but it can’t be as hard as picking up the pieces of your life when you are stripped of a degree that you worked hard and long to earn.