Academic Integrity

We believe fairness, openness, and intellectual honesty to be the keystones of our educational mission. We foster these qualities in all our endeavors and use all possible means to discourage dishonesty, in any form. All members of the Kettering community should report academic dishonesty to the appropriate faculty person, as well as to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean Students. Academic dishonesty prohibited at Kettering University includes, but is not limited to, the following forms:

Cheating: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.

Fabrication: Intentional and/or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another engage in academic dishonesty in any form.

Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or images of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Students may avoid any perception of academic dishonesty by following these principles:

  • properly acknowledging and citing all use of the ideas, results, or words of others
  • properly acknowledging all contributors to a given piece of work, including that of peers
  • making sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of unsanctioned materials or unsanctioned collaboration
  • obtaining all data or results by ethical means and reporting them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions
  • treating all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress
  • upholding the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to insure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.

Students found to have carried out any form of academic dishonesty are subject to the faculty member’s scrutiny and sanctions, as well as Judicial Affairs’ policies and procedures.