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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Be true to your word, and your work, and your friend.

John Boyle O'Reilly

Academic Integrity is an expectation and an important value for all members of the SNHU community – students, faculty and staff. In order to truly learn, grow, and prepare to achieve our goals inside and beyond the classroom, a commitment to completing individual and unique work that demonstrates learning is essential. Academic integrity goes beyond the rules of citations and avoiding plagiarism. It is a personal responsibility for our individual learning as well as our collective role in creating an authentic educational experience.

As a part of our mission This link opens in a new window to expand access to high-quality education to meet the needs of every learners, Southern New Hampshire University recognizes academic integrity as critical to our success and the success of our students. As part of our unwavering commitment to student success and helping to transform the lives of our students, we are committed to the fundamental values of academic integrity:


  • Honesty: Academic communities of integrity advance the quest for truth and knowledge through intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research and service.
  • Trust: Academic communities of integrity both foster and rely upon climates of mutual trust. Climates of trust encourage and support the free exchange of ideas, which in turn allows scholarly inquiry to reach its fullest potential.
  • Fairness: Academic communities of integrity establish clear and transparent expectations, standards and practices to support fairness in the interactions of students, faculty and administrators.
  • Respect: Academic communities of integrity value the interactive, cooperative, participatory nature of learning. They honor, value and consider diverse opinions and ideas.
  • Responsibility: Academic communities of integrity rest upon foundations of personal accountability coupled with the willingness of individuals and groups to lead by example, uphold mutually agreed-upon standards and take action when they encounter wrongdoing.
  • Courage: To develop and sustain communities of integrity, it takes more than simply believing in the fundamental values. Translating the values from talking points into action - standing up for them in the face of pressure and adversity - requires determination, commitment and courage (ICAI, 2020).

On this page you will find faculty and student resources related to academic integrity, policy and additional resources that will help you navigate this topic.


ICAI. (2020, March 13). Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. International Center for Academic Integrity. This link opens in a new window