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Fundamental Values of an Academic Community of Integrity

The International Center for Academic Integrity  (ICAI) defines academic integrity as, "a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility."  

The ICAI defines these fundamental values as:

  • Honesty: The quest for truth and knowledge requires intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research and service.
  • Trust: Academic institutions must foster a climate of mutual trust in order to stimulate the free exchange of ideas.
  • Fairness: All interactions among students, faculty and administrators should be grounded in clear standards, practices and procedures.
  • Respect: Learning is acknowledged as a participatory process, and a wide range of opinions and ideas is respected.
  • Responsibility:  A thriving community demands personal accountability on the part of all members and depends upon action in the face of wrongdoing.