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Academic Integrity: Resources for Students & Faculty

Why academic integrity matters; the University's policies and procedures concerning academic integrity; the Honor Pledge; about plagiarism.


What does it mean to have integrity?

First and foremost, it means being honest and trustworthy. It means having strong ethics and striving to do the right thing, even when it's difficult — even when there are easier, but less honest ways of doing something. Acting with integrity means doing the right thing even when others don't.

Here are some words and concepts commonly associated with integrity

Word cloud about integrity

The content above courtesy of the Library of Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Ethical behaviors apply to most situations in life, and the academic world is no exception. 

Academic integrity is nothing more or less than acting with integrity within an academic environment.

This guide offers suggestions for ethical academic conduct as defined by Piedmont University, and virtually all other academic or research institutions. You will also be introduced to materials and resources for learning and teaching about academic integrity and explanations of Piedmont's policies concerning infractions of academic integrity.

The Piedmont University Honor Pledge

The Piedmont University Honor Pledge

All students, by their enrollment at Piedmont University, commit to the Honor Pledge:

The Piedmont University community emphasizes high ethical standards for its members. Accordingly, I promise to refrain from acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, and to uphold the Academic Integrity Policy in all endeavors at Piedmont University.

The current version of the Honor Pledge is available at this page in the 2021-2022 version of the College's Catalog.