Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity at WPI: Why it's Important

Academic integrity speaks directly to student honesty, responsibility and respect for scholarship. Academic assignments and tests help students learn course content, while grades show how fully this goal is achieved. To this end, all coursework and associated grades should be the result of the student's own understanding of academic content, as well as demonstrated effort and achievement.

Why does WPI care about Academic Integrity?

WPI has worked hard since 1865 to build a reputation that all students, faculty, staff and alumni can be proud of. The credibility of the WPI degree program provides WPI students with the opportunity to obtain the best internships, jobs and graduate school opportunities. During ones time at WPI, it is essential that students learn the importance of integrity from both a personal and professional perspective.

How does WPI support Academic Integrity? 

As a community of scholars, WPI prides itself on maintaining the highest level of academic integrity. WPI articulates this core value through the WPI Code of Conduct. Students, faculty and administrative staff are expected to be familiar with the tenets of the Academic Honesty Policy as well as with the associated procedures for determining and responding to acts of academic dishonesty.

Toward this end, the Dean of Students Office, which is charged with developing and articulating policies and procedures associated with WPI's judicial system, has developed this web site as a resource for faculty and students to:

  1. become familiar with the WPI Academic Honesty Policy;
  2. learn about what constitutes a violation of WPI's policy;
  3. understand the procedure for filing academic dishonesty charges; and
  4. consider practices that discourage academic dishonesty in the classroom.

This webpage adapts information from the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus, Harvard University, and other colleges and universities.