Academic Integrity Policy Summary

Academic integrity is founded upon and encompasses the Marymount University values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, excellence, faith, and service. Supporting and affirming these values is essential to promoting and maintaining a high level of academic integrity. Educating community members about the value and practice of academic integrity is central to Marymount’s mission. Each member of the academic community must stand accountable for his or her actions. As a result, a community develops in which students learn the responsibilities of citizenship and how to contribute to their professions with purpose and integrity.

If knowledge is to be gained and properly evaluated, it must be pursued under conditions free from dishonesty. Deceit and misrepresentations are incompatible with the fundamental activity of any academic institution and will not be tolerated at Marymount University. Members of the Marymount community are expected to foster the spirit of academic honesty and not to tolerate its abuse by others. The responsibility for academic integrity lies with individual students and faculty members of this community. A violation of academic integrity is an act harmful to all other students, the faculty, and, ultimately, the university.

The Marymount University Academic Integrity Code governs students’ intellectual activities directly related to the academic life of the institution and is in effect during all phases of a student’s academic career. In circumstances where violations are alleged after graduation, alumnae/alumni may be subject to this code for work submitted in completion of degree requirements. The code is applicable to any academically related experience involving Marymount University students whether occurring on campus, in a distance-learning situation, at host institutions or sites, or at internships; it may even be applied to claims of academic honors made to individuals outside the university. Violations of this code include cheating, plagiarism, falsification of information or citations, text-recycling/self-plagiarism, facilitating or soliciting the academic dishonesty of others, fraud or misrepresentation in academic claims, and other forms of academic misconduct.

When a violation of academic integrity is suspected, students and faculty are encouraged to meet to determine an appropriate course of action. Penalties for first violations vary with the severity of the offense and may be assigned by the faculty member involved or through an academic integrity hearing process. The standard sanction for a second violation is suspension or expulsion and must involve an academic integrity hearing. All alleged academic integrity violations will be resolved in accordance with the Academic Integrity Code.

The complete Academic Integrity Code provides detailed information on the nature of academic integrity violations, possible penalties, the adjudication process, and student rights and responsibilities under the code. The Academic Integrity Code, found on the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution page of Marymount’s website, supersedes all other documents, descriptions, or summaries of the Academic Integrity Code. Students, faculty, and staff may find additional information about academic integrity, including directions on how to file a complaint and information about conferencing with students, on the Academic Integrity portal site.