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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Why academic integrity matters; academic integrity policies and procedure; the Honor Pledge; about plagiarism.

Integrity & Academic Integrity

Integrity & Academic Integrity

Whether you are a freshman new to Piedmont U or a doctoral candidate putting the finishing touches on your dissertation, you will hear a lot about academic integrity, and especially plagiarism.

Why? Well, few concepts are more fundamental to the aspirations of higher education (or more vital to your experience as a student). Academic Integrity may seem simple, but in practice, the definitions and details can become confusing. 

But first, 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 appear to be easier, but less honest ways of accomplishing your goals. Academic integrity is nothing more or less than acting with integrity in an academic environment.

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This guide offers guidance for ethical academic conduct as defined by Piedmont University and virtually all other universities. You will also find materials and resources for learning about academic integrity and plagiarism and explanations of Piedmont's policies concerning infractions of academic integrity.

Take a look at the Videos, the Short Course, the Purdue OWL on plagiarism, and the APA Tutorial to learn in depth.

Still unsure? The librarians can help. Drop by and talk with us or Ask a Librarian.

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.