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:
- 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.
|Course Prefix||College||Associate Dean in Charge of Academic Integrity||Phone Number|
|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
|AA, A ED, ARCH, ART, ART H, GEODZ, GD, INART, LARCH, MUSIC, PHOTO, THEA||College of Arts and Architecture||Scott Wingemail@example.com|
|CC, COMM||College of Communications||Ms. Julie Evakfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 Kellyemail@example.com|
|EARTH, EBF, EGEE, EME, EM SC, GEOG, GEOSC, METEO||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Yvette Richardsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ACS, AERSP, C E, CHE, CMPSC, EE, EMCH, ENGR, ESC, IE, IHS, ME, NUCE, STS||College of Engineering||Megan Klenzigemail@example.com|
|BBH, CSD, HPA, HDFS, KINES, NUTR, RPTM||College of Health and Human Development||Douglas O. Fordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|iMBA, MBADM||Multiple colleges. Please contact the iMBA program office for information on academic integrity.||
Online MBA Faculty Director: Janet Duck
|EA, IST, SRA||College of Information Sciences and Technology||
Mary Beth Rosson
|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||
|ACCTG, B A, FIN, I B, M I S, MGMT, MKTG||Commonwealth Campuses||Dr. David Christiansenemail@example.com|
|ASTRO, BI SC, BIOL, CHEM, FRNSC, MATH, MICRB, PHYS, STAT||Eberly College of Science||
|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
|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
|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 Ansaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NURS||College of Nursing||Lori Probstemail@example.com|
|PHP||Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine||Dr. Terry Wolpawfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 Sharpemail@example.com|
For More Information on Academic Integrity and the Code of Conduct
Visit one of the following pages:
- Penn State Senate Policy on Academic Integrity
- Penn State’s Office of Student Conduct and the Code of Conduct Academic Integrity (10)
- iStudy for Success! — learn about plagiarism, copyright, and academic integrity through an educational module
- Turnitin — a web-based plagiarism detection and prevention system
- Penn State University Libraries Citation and Writing Guides