Role of Faculty in Academic Integrity

Faculty play a pivotal role in modeling and maintaining academic integrity on campus. Faculty are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to reflect on integrity issues with the context of the course. Tips for how faculty can cultivate a climate of integrity can be found here.

Potential Cases of Academic Integrity Violations
If you suspect academic dishonesty you are required to contact the Office of Student Conduct for advice and guidance on how to proceed. If consultation with the Office of Student Conduct reveals that the offense is minor and that the student has no past record of academic dishonesty, faculty may choose to resolve the matter through a faculty-student resolution, which gives the faculty flexibility in how to sanction students and will not become part of the student's disciplinary record unless there is a second violation. More details on faculty-student resolutions and the form for reporting a faculty-student resolution can be found here.

If, however, after consultation with the Office of Student Conduct it is deemed that the offense is more serious or the student has a pattern of integrity violations, please use the information here.

The Duke Community Standard
The Duke Community Standard can be found here and the definitions of terms dealing with academic integrity can be found here.

A new version of the Duke Community Standard was approved by the undergraduate body via a referendum on April 3rd, 2007 and will take effect in the fall of 2007. The principles articulated in the new Standard are both aspirational and nuanced. That is, it is easier to say what is not meant by any one of them than what is intended. Respect, for example, may involve observing the inherent dignity of all people but it does not imply insistence on blanket deference to authority. Honesty may involve accuracy and truth but in some situations it may be morally acceptable, even preferable, to lie. Fairness cannot simply signify treating others free from bias because we are all biased in one way or another. Accountability captures the responsibility we take on, to ourselves and others, for our actions; how far we extend that accountability to the community as a whole, and in what ways we choose to express it, may prove more difficult to determine.

Perhaps the most important aspect of this or any other honor code is that it prompts reflection on these principles, values, and expectations, leading to decisions based on thought.

The obligation to act empowers students to take an active role in promoting integrity. It is not an obligation to report on peers. Rather, it expresses the responsibility for doing something if dishonorable behavior is encountered. That "something" can take various forms, and thus a student can choose an action with which he or she feels comfortable.

One of the policies revised as a result of collaboration among various organizations is the policy on short-term illness. This policy was instituted as a result of joint efforts by the Honor Council, the Academic Integrity Council, and students in a Public Policy course.

Undergraduates seeking assistance with integrity questions or concerns may also find valuable resources in the interactive plagiarism tutorial as well as the library's website on plagiarism.

All questions concerning Academic Integrity can be sent to