Upholding Academic Ethics at DeVry University

At DeVry University, we place great emphasis on upholding academic integrity as a fundamental element of our educational mission. We foster a culture of respect for individual achievement and ethical conduct, where both students and faculty are committed to maintaining a community of learning based on honesty and integrity. Here, we provide an overview of our Academic Integrity policy and the Code of Conduct policy, both of which are integral components of the Student Handbook.

Our students bear the responsibility of preserving the academic and professional integrity of the University, adhering to the highest standards of academic and professional behavior. It is expected that students complete their examinations, coursework, and collaborative projects with integrity and professionalism, while interacting respectfully with peers, faculty, and staff. Any form of academic or professional misconduct is subject to disciplinary measures, such as probation, failure in coursework, or ultimately, dismissal from the University. Instances of academic misconduct encompass a range of behaviors, including cheating on exams, plagiarism, bribery, falsifying student records, or attempting to inappropriately influence instructors or University personnel.

It is essential to clarify what constitutes a breach of the Academic Integrity policy with regards to examinations, coursework, projects, and research reports. Examinations: Unauthorized use of notes, seeking to view another student’s test paper, or providing answers to peers during exams are explicit violations. Course Assignments and Projects: Collaboration on individually-assigned work or submitting another student’s work as one’s own are considered breaches, unless the assignment is specifically designated as a group endeavor. Research Reports: Using another person’s ideas, words, or findings without proper acknowledgment amounts to plagiarism. Failure to credit sources when quoting or paraphrasing someone else’s work represents a violation of the policy. Online Courses: Submitting work not authored by the student, engaging in discussions under false pretenses, or disregarding instructor or Online Educational Center guidelines are all violations of the Academic Integrity policy.

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