Foundational Premises of the Academic Integrity Council

All constituencies at Duke-students, faculty, and administrators-have a role to play in developing a climate of academic integrity at Duke, and should feel rewarded for assuming that role.

Developing a campus community with high expectations for academic integrity, a high level of trust among students and between students and faculty, and a high degree of campus-wide involvement in upholding these standards takes time and focused energy.

When such a favorable environment is achieved, it can be maintained only by continual effort and initiative.

There is no single "right" way to achieve and maintain such a climate, because each campus has its own culture; yet research and experience point to common elements that have proven helpful at a variety of institutions.

Duke should take a multi-faceted approach to enhancing its climate of academic integrity, including the "ABCs" of assessment, building, and communication.

Implementing this approach requires efforts by the various individuals and organizations around campus that are best equipped, by virtue of responsibility, mission, and influence, to do so; these include, but are not limited to the Honor Council, Duke Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Council, Office of Judicial Affairs, Academic Council, Arts and Sciences Council, Engineering Council, offices of the deans.

In concert with these units, the Academic Integrity Council will make recommendations about action steps and responsibility for them, and help to coordinate these efforts.