integrity is essential to the success of the educational enterprise and
breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the
academic community. Every member of that community bears a
responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic
integrity are upheld. Only through a genuine partnership among
students, faculty, staff, and administrators will the university be
able to maintain the necessary commitment to academic integrity.
university administration is responsible for making academic integrity
an institutional priority and for providing students and faculty with
effective educational programs and support services to help them fully
understand and address issues of academic integrity. The administration
is also responsible for working with other members of the academic
community to establish equitable and effective procedures to deal with
violations of academic integrity.
The faculty shares the
responsibility for educating students about the importance and
principles of academic integrity. Individual faculty members [For
purposes of the Academic Integrity Policy, the term faculty member
includes not only tenured, tenure-track, and nontenure-track faculty
members, but also part-time lecturers, TAs, staff members, and
administrators who are serving as the instructor of record in a course;
i.e., the instructor responsible for assigning final course grades] are
also responsible for informing students of the particular expectations
regarding academic integrity within individual courses, including
permissible limits of student collaboration and, where relevant,
acceptable citation format. Finally, all members of the faculty should
report all violations of academic integrity they encounter.
are responsible for understanding the principles of academic integrity
fully and abiding by them in all their work at the university. Students
are also encouraged to report alleged violations of academic integrity
to the faculty member teaching the course in which the violation is
alleged to have occurred.
This interim academic integrity policy
(effective September 2, 2008) was approved by the Rutgers University
Senate for adoption for a period of two years. After the two-year
period, the policy will cease to be in force unless reapproved by the
senate for an additional period. The policy can be viewed at http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/integrity.shtml.