Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity Policy

An academic environment of integrity is one in which students, faculty, and staff interact with each other from a position of mutual trustworthiness. As a member of the consortium of institutions comprising the International Center for Academic Integrity, Clemson University has committed itself to preparing a community of scholars dedicated to integrity in teaching, research, scholarship, mentorship, and the acquisition and display of professional values of trust, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect. It is an expectation that Clemson graduate students avail themselves of the many opportunities and resources both on and off campus to learn how to engage in professional practice with integrity. The Graduate School and the community of scholars engaged in graduate-level education will vigorously and expeditiously respond to charges of violations of academic integrity.

In order to promote an academic environment of integrity, all students, faculty, and staff must commit to fostering honesty in academic work. Each individual has an important role in ensuring that Clemson’s policy on academic integrity is respected and used most effectively as a mechanism for teaching versus a mechanism for punishment. The Graduate School encourages all faculty and students to take a proactive role in eradicating ignorance of violations of academic integrity. Faculty must be clear on syllabi and in verbal instructions to students on the academic expectations for completing assignments. Graduate programs must engage students in discussions about disciplinary-specific issues and professional practice relative to academic integrity and may include expectations, procedures, and consequences aligned with professional licensing or certification requirements beyond those listed here.

Faculty might inform students of national cases of academic dishonesty by other faculty and graduate students so as to heighten students’ awareness of the necessary seriousness of making a commitment to honesty in their work and implications of not doing so. Students must be proactive in asking for clarification on procedures for completing assigned work. As plagiarism appears to be the most prevalent type of violation of academic integrity observed and reported at Clemson University among graduate students, the Graduate School, in conjunction with the Rutland Institute for Ethics and the Office for Teaching Effectiveness, will convene mandatory seminars and workshops beginning in September of 2007 that all newly incoming graduate students must attend as a requirement for receipt of a degree from Clemson. This requirement will be listed on the GS-2 form beginning September 2007. On-line modules will be available for students taking courses via distance education. Monthly reminders of seminars and tips on how to avoid violating the academic integrity policy will be published in the “Grad News Bulletin,” the on-line newsletter from the Graduate School to all enrolled students. Turn-It-In will be used as a teaching tool at the graduate level, and students will be instructed in its use.