The following is a statement of minimum standards for student academic integrity at Saint Louis University:
The University is a community of learning, whose effectiveness requires an environment of mutual trust and integrity. As members of this community, students share with faculty and administrators the responsibility to maintain this environment of academic integrity. Academic integrity is violated by any dishonesty in submitting for academic evaluation the assignments and tests required to validate the student's learning.
Where there is clear indication of such dishonesty, the faculty and/or administration have the responsibility of applying sanctions in order to protect the environment of integrity necessary for learning. While not all forms of academic dishonesty can be listed here, the following instances should be seen as actions that not only violate the mutual trust necessary between faculty and students, but also undermine the validity of the university's grading of students, and take unfair advantage of fellow students.
It is academically dishonest to solicit, receive or provide any unauthorized assistance in the completion of assignments and tests submitted for credit as part of a course. Examples of such unauthorized, and therefore academically dishonest assistance would be:
- Copying from another student's test paper, lab report or assignment, or allowing another student to copy from one's self;
- Copying from a textbook or class notes during a closed-book exam;
- Submitting material authored by another person but represented as the student's own work;
- Submitting as one's own work/material without permission of the instructor that has been subjected to editorial revision;
- Copying a passage of text directly from a book or journal without indicating the source or without using a recognized style for citing sources;
- Taking a test or writing a paper for another student;
- Taking a course for another student or securing another student to take a course for oneself;
- Securing or supplying in advance a copy of an exam without the knowledge or consent of the instructor.
Possible sanctions for a violation of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, suspension, and dismissal from the University.