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Academic Integrity

We are excited that you have chosen to study at Arizona State University. Cultural differences concerning academic integrity highlight the importance that all ASU international students understand ASU’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Here, you can learn more about academic integrity and understand the expectations placed upon you as a student in a U.S. classroom.

Cultural differences regarding academic integrity include:

  • valuing sources as the authority and believing there is no need to cite the author when using their words

  • the notion that using an author’s own words is a form of respect

  • the importance of helping a fellow student in need

While ASU supports the cultural identity of all students, we strongly encourage students to reach out for support if they have any questions about ASU’s Academic Integrity Policy. Please email with any questions.


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What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is the moral code or ethical policy of academia. It is the set of rules that all of us live by to make sure we are getting the best education possible.




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ASU Academic Integrity Policy

Academic honesty is expected of all students, in exams, papers, academic transactions and records.




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Academic dishonesty

The consequences of committing academic dishonesty depends on the scope of the infraction, the manner in which the infraction occurred, the assignment and recommendations from the professor or college.



What does academic dishonesty include?

Academic dishonesty includes:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarizing
  • Fabricating data
  • Inappropriately collaborating
  • Multiple submissions

We understand that the definition for some of these issues may differ depending on the cultural practices of your own country, however, ASU students are expected to abide by ASU’s Academic Integrity Policy.


We’re providing some tips and resources to help avoid academic integrity issues. If you have any questions about an assignment, test or professor expectations, it is highly recommended that you speak with your professor or teaching assistant for clarification.  


Cheating includes copying answers from your friend’s assignment or test, using your class notes or any type of technology to find answers to the test while you are taking it or paying someone to write your essay or take your test for you.

  • Sitting next to your friend during an exam is too tempting and can be viewed suspiciously. It is best to sit away from a friend during an exam.

  • You are not allowed to copy off of another student’s exam. Their answers are their answers, not yours.

  • Allowing someone, even a friend, to copy off of your exam is also considered academic dishonesty. Be sure to report any instances of someone copying your exam to your Professor immediately.


Plagiarism is copying someone else's words or ideas and using it as your own without recognizing the original author(s) or having incorrect or improper citations.

  • Purchasing a paper or using a friends work to aid you will result in plagiarism

  • Use your own words when possible instead of copying directly from a source

  • When you start writing begin by jotting down your ideas; then go back to the author's original work

  • Use quotation marks and properly cite when you use words directly from a source

  • Even when you paraphrase another author's writings, you must properly cite them to give credit to that author

  • Improperly citing a source can result in plagiarism

Fabricating Data

Falsification is the practice of eliminating or changing research materials, equipment, data, or processes in such a way that the results of the research are no longer accurate or truthful. Fabrication is also the practice of inventing data or results and reporting them as actual truth.

  • Never make up data to prove your point or hypothesis

  • Speak to your professor if you are having difficulty collecting data

  • False data creates false results; false results creates false impressions

Inappropriate Collaboration

Working with another student on a course assignment without receiving permission from the professor or submitting the same assignment for two or more people in a group is considered inappropriate collaboration.

  • There is a difference between data and one’s interpretation of that data

  • Dividing up the work and then swapping it between group members is not acceptable

  • Make sure you follow the instructions of your professor

  • Even when doing an assignment with a group, typically your professors want to see your thoughts and conclusions

Multiple Submissions

Students are not allowed to submit a course assignment for a class when it has already been submitted for another class.

  • While we understand that “it’s my paper” - even professors must cite themselves and acknowledge the paper when using previous work on a current paper or research project

  • Ask your Professor about what your intentions are in how you’ll use your previous work

  • You should build on previous work, not copy previous work

General Guidelines

  • Learn how to cite, summarize or paraphrase before writing your papers

  • Learn APA or MLA citations rules; make sure you know which one your professor requires  

  • Read your syllabi carefully and thoroughly to understand all of the course expectations

  • Assume you are to complete your assignments independently unless you are told otherwise

  • If you wait until the last minute to complete your assignments, you are more likely to commit academic dishonesty  

  • Rely on your own notes, and learn how to take good notes in class or from your readings

  • Remember that sharing your assignments with others is not allowed

  • Keep track of your resources as you read and start writing your papers

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for extensions

  • When in class, be mindful of where you sit or who you sit next to

  • Visit your professor during faculty office hours to get clarification

  • Use the tutoring and writing centers early and often