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Academic Honesty

The current version of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Dishonesty Report can be found online.

Questions or concerns about academic honesty policies and procedures should be directed to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Gary Barker.  


Saint Louis University is a community of learning in which integrity and mutual trust are vital. Since the mission of the University is "the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity," acts of falsehood violate its very reason for existence. They also demean and compromise the activities of teaching, research, and community service that are the primary corporate purposes of the institution.

Academic dishonesty runs counter to the ethical principles of Christianity and of other cultural traditions and undercuts the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, upon which the University is founded.  The destructive effects of academic dishonesty are many. Not only does it undermine the grading process, robbing teachers of their ability to assess the accomplishments of their students and to give proper responses and rewards, but it also impairs the ability of the University to certify to the outside world the skills and attainments of its graduates. Such dishonesty allows students to take unfair advantage of their peers and undermines moral character as well as self-respect. It also damages the bonds of academic trust upon which the entire University rests.

Since the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to prepare students for lives of integrity and for occupations of trust, it regards all acts of academic dishonesty as matters of serious concern.  In establishing high standards of integrity, the College is not only affirming certain rules students are to observe at Saint Louis University, but giving students ethical principles and practices to take with them as they move into diverse professions and walks of life beyond the walls of the University. To this end, the College relies, not merely on the willing compliance and support of its students, but on the adherence to professional ethics displayed by its students and by its faculty, staff, and administrators as well.

Arts and Sciences Academic Integrity Policy and its Scope

Pursuant of the Academic Integrity Policy established by Saint Louis University, the College of Arts and Sciences has designed an Academic Integrity Policy to promote ethical conduct with the College community by:

  1. Defining the responsibilities of members of the Arts and Sciences Community
  2. Defining how to classify the academic integrity violation
  3. Defining violations of academic integrity
  4. Defining the procedural requirements for adjudicating violations within a department in the College of Arts and Sciences
  5. Delineating the responsibility of the College Committee on Academic Honesty and the Office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education 
  6. Establishing standards and procedures for maintaining records

April 1, 2016

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