Academic Integrity

The World Campus is committed to maintaining Penn State's policy on academic integrity in all courses it offers. The World Campus, the academic unit that is the home of each course, the course instructor, and exam proctors take academic integrity matters seriously.

Academic integrity — scholarship free of fraud and deception — is an important educational objective of Penn State. Academic dishonesty can lead to a failing grade or referral to the Office of Student Conduct.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  • cheating
  • plagiarism
  • fabrication of information or citations
  • facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others
  • unauthorized prior possession of examinations
  • submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor and securing written approval
  • tampering with the academic work of other students

To learn more about specific scenarios and test your understanding, visit Penn State's Academic Integrity training. You may complete the training to earn a certificate.

How Academic Integrity Violations Are Handled

In cases where academic integrity is questioned, procedure requires an instructor to notify a student of suspected dishonesty before filing a charge and recommended sanction with the college. Procedures allow a student to accept or contest a charge. If a student chooses to contest a charge, the case will then be managed by the respective college or campus Academic Integrity Committee. If a disciplinary sanction also is recommended, the case will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct

All Penn State colleges abide by this Penn State policy, but review procedures may vary by college when academic dishonesty is suspected. Information about Penn State's academic integrity policy and college review procedures is included in the information that students receive upon enrolling in a course. 

Additionally, World Campus students are expected to act with civility and personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights, and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for oneself and others, and a civil community.

Who to Contact with Questions about Academic Integrity

All colleges at Penn State abide by Penn State's policy on maintaining academic integrity, but each follows its own review procedures when academic dishonesty is suspected. The individuals and websites in this table can help you learn more about the process for each college.

Academic Integrity Contacts Chart
Course Prefix College Associate Dean in Charge of Academic Integrity Phone Number Email
AEE, AG, AG BM, EC, AGBIO, AGRO, AN SC, CEDEV, ENT, FDSC, HORT, PPEM, R SOC, SOILS, TURF, WFS College of Agricultural Sciences

Undergraduate Contact: Ms. Tracy Hoover

Graduate Contact: Dr. Gary Thompson

814-865-7521
 

814-865-3136

tsh102@psu.edu

gat10@psu.edu

AA, A ED, ARCH, ART, ART H, GEODZ, GD, INART, LARCH, MUSIC, PHOTO, THEA College of Arts and Architecture Scott Wing 814-865-9523 sww10@psu.edu
CC, COMM College of Communications Ms. Julie Evak 814-865-8264 jqe3@psu.edu
ADTED, C I, C-S, EDLDR, EDPSY, EDTEC, HI ED, INSYS, LDT, LL ED, MTHED, RHS, SCIED, SPLED, SSED, TRDEV, WF ED, WLED College of Education Greg Kelly 814-863-1489 gjk13@psu.edu
EARTH, EBF, EGEE, EME, EM SC, GEOG, GEOSC, METEO College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Yvette Richardson 814-863-0791 ypr1@psu.edu
ACS, AERSP, C E, CHE, CMPSC, EE, EMCH, ENGR, ESC, IE, IHS, ME, NUCE, STS College of Engineering Megan Klenzig 814-865-8674 mlk290@engr.psu.edu
BBH, CSD, HPA, HDFS, KINES, NUTR, RPTM College of Health and Human Development Douglas O. Ford 814-863-6790 dof1@psu.edu
iMBA, MBADM Multiple colleges. Please contact the iMBA program office for information on academic integrity.

Online MBA Faculty Director: Janet Duck

717-948-6141 jmd226@psu.edu
EA, IST, SRA College of Information Sciences and Technology

Mary Beth Rosson

814-863-3450 mur13@psu.edu
AF AM, AFR, AM ST, ANTH, APDEM, APLNG, ASIA, CAMS, CAS, CMLIT, CRIM, ECON, ENGL, FR, GER, HEBR, HIST, HLS 803 & 805, HRER, IT, J ST, L A, LAS, LAWSC, LER, LING, L ST, OLEAD, PHIL, PL SC,  PSYCH, PSY, RL ST, RUS, SOC, SPAN, UKR, WMNST College of the Liberal Arts

Andrew Peck

814-865-1438 acp103@psu.edu
ACCTG, B A, FIN, I B, M I S, MGMT, MKTG Commonwealth Campuses Dr. David Christiansen 814-863-0327 djc21@psu.edu
ASTRO, BI SC, BIOL, CHEM, FRNSC, MATH, MICRB, PHYS, STAT Eberly College of Science

Debbie Brown

814-863-0211 dsb30@psu.edu
MANGT, MIS 404, SCM 445, SCM 460, MKTG 327, MKTG 478, ACCT 504, ACCT 545, ACCTG 803 Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Dr. Dawn Blasko

814-898-6081 dgb6@psu.edu
ACCT 550, ACCTG 512, BUSAD, DAAN, ENGMT (except ENGMT 511), FIN 500-99, IE 575, IN SC, LEAD, STS 589, SWENG, SYSEN Penn State Great Valley

Ms. Ursula Thompson

610-648-3208 umt1@psu.edu
CRIMJ (except 803 & 805), MNGMT, PADM, PUBPL, ACCT 510, ACCT 532, ACCT 561, ACCT 572, BLAW 444, MKTG 450W, MKTG 476 Penn State Harrisburg Dr. Omid Ansary 717-948-6103 axa8@psu.edu
NURS College of Nursing Lori Probst 814-865-8215 ldp3@psu.edu
PHP Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine Dr. Terry Wolpaw 717-531-3876 tmw20@psu.edu
ACCTG 812-814, BA 803, BAN, ENTR, MKTG 342, MKTG 800-level, SCM 301, SCM 404, SCM 406, SCM 500, SCM 800-level courses Smeal College of Business Jeff Sharp 814-865-3126 jms16@psu.edu

 

For More Information on Academic Integrity and the Code of Conduct

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