Academic Integrity Policy-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Integrity Policy

University Policy states that assistance from campus resources (Academic Development, the Global Communication Center, and the Academic Resource Center at CMU-Q) is permitted, but no collaboration is allowed unless specifically permitted by a course instructor. However, as course instructor, you can choose to specify alternative boundaries for acceptable and unacceptable collaboration and/or assistance.

When writing your academic integrity policy, consider the following questions:

  • How is the policy motivated by the positive dimensions of academic integrity (i.e. academic integrity is about enhancing your education and being a trusted member of the CMU community)?
  • What is and is not permitted with respect to collaboration and/or outside assistance for each type of graded work in your course? Be sure to highlight where and how your policy departs from the default University Policy.
  • What procedures can/should students follow to acknowledge collaboration (if permitted) and/or assistance when they submit graded work?

Note: You should also provide links to the University Policy on Academic Integrity and to the Carnegie Mellon Code on Academic Integrity in your syllabus.

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Sample 1: General purpose academic integrity policy

Sample 2: Academic integrity policy from Modern Languages

Sample 3: Acceptable/unacceptable collaboration statement from Computer Science