Academic Integrity

Complete integrity is the hallmark of the global academic community.

A shared commitment to the highest standards of academic integrity is held across all disciplines and all kinds of higher education institutions. As a necessary condition of our membership in the academic community, we agree to:

  • identify the source of the ideas or words or images that we borrow;
  • not cheat on exams, papers, or other assessments;
  • accurately and fully describe the methods and results of our research;
  • protect the rights of the participants in our studies; and
  • deal honestly with the content of our courses and fairly with the students in our care.

Because integrity is essential to our community, we hold very high expectations for every graduate student at UNL, each of whom is required to be aware of and adhere to the student code of conduct. The publication of the Student Code of Conduct is considered sufficient forewarning. Ignorance of the expectations is never a valid excuse. If you are uncertain about whether a planned action is ethical, stop and seek the advice of a trusted faculty member before you act.

Professors at UNL expect every student to be completely honest on every academic requirement. There is no small act of dishonesty for graduate students because academic dishonesty at this level of scholarship profoundly affects professors, classmates, and the university itself. Most of all, the dishonest student loses, selling her or his integrity at an embarrassingly low price and missing out on an opportunity to advance through real effort and accomplishment.

There is no small act of dishonesty for graduate students….

The punishment for graduate students who engage in any kind of academic dishonesty is harsh—suspension or expulsion are the most common sanctions for graduate students who choose to violate the code of conduct. The official transcript of an expelled student is appended with a permanent statement that notes the student was dismissed for violation of the student code.

As members of our academic community, graduate students should be aware and willing to abide by our standards, including both academic and personal conduct. UNL holds academic integrity to be sacrosanct. There is never a circumstance or situation that justifies an act of academic dishonesty.

Academic Integrity Week is an annual campus event that promotes conducting research, writing, and teaching with integrity and honesty. All graduate students are encouraged to attend and participate in events throughout the week.