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Academic Principles

Academic honesty and integrity are vital elements of a dynamic academic institution. The responsibility for ethical conduct rests with each individual member of the academic community. Alleged academic misconduct shall be dealt with through provisions of the "UCCS Academic Honor Code".

Historically, student academic honor codes have provided the proper direction for the maintenance of high academic standards in universities across the United States. Where standards do not exist or are ignored, faculty members are defrauded, students are treated unfairly, and society itself is poorly served. Although the supervision of these standards is principally the task of faculty, the responsibility for maintaining standards is shared by all members of the academic community.

As instructors, faculty members transmit knowledge and the methods by which it is acquired. They examine and test student work to rate the degree of accomplishment. Instructors establish academic expectations and award credit when requirements are met. To fulfill these responsibilities, instructors must ensure that student work adheres to academic honor code standards, and course grades should reflect any academic dishonesty.

Faculty members have the responsibility to preserve and transmit academic values in the learning environment and in the example they provide to students. To this end, they are expected to instill in their students a respect for integrity and a desire to behave honestly; they must also take measures to discourage student academic dishonesty. To meet these responsibilities, faculty members must follow the policies and procedures stated in the UCCS Academic Honor Code.

Students, as responsible members of the academic community, are obligated to maintain basic standards of integrity, and are expected to take an active role in encouraging other members to respect these standards. If students suspect a violation has been committed, they a responsibility to discuss their suspicion with a member of the faculty or university administration. Students should make themselves familiar with the basic tenets of the Honor Code.

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, has an ongoing commitment to maintain and encourage academic integrity. Therefore, the University has created the following standards of academic honesty and procedures governing violations of these principles. Copies of the detailed procedures of the Student Conduct Committee may be obtained at the University Library, from the offices of the Deans of the various schools, from the office of Student Life, or from the Vice Chancellor’s office.