Suggested Statement on Academic Dishonesty for Use on Course Syllabi

This statement may be downloaded in PDF format.


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, puts a very high value on academic integrity, and violations are not tolerated.

Academic integrity is one of Penn State’s four principles to which all students must abide. This principle states:

I will practice academic integrity. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Penn State University, allowing the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. In accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct, I will practice integrity in regard to all academic assignments. I will not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception because such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

Any violation of academic integrity will receive academic and possibly disciplinary sanctions, including the possible awarding of an XF grade which is recorded on the transcript and states that failure of the course was due to an act of academic dishonesty. All acts of academic dishonesty are recorded so repeat offenders can be sanctioned accordingly.

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(Faculty wanting to employ an abbreviated version of the above can simply eliminate the indented paragraph.)