Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means being honest and responsible in your writing, research, and coursework. All students enrolled at The University of Alabama are expected to hold themselves to a high level of personal integrity and honor the values of our academic community — creativity, intellectual discovery, collaboration, and independent achievement.

What does this look like? Generally speaking, it means you will

  • Cite all ideas that aren’t your own, giving credit to the original author
  • Respect yourself and others by attending class, contributing to discussions and group activities, meeting deadlines, and performing to the best of your ability
  • Collaborate with your peers only when it’s acceptable to do so (When in doubt, ask your instructor.)
  • Understand and employ the styles of your discipline (e.g., APA and MLA)

Academic Misconduct

According to the Student Handbook, academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter, and any intentional help or attempt to help another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following acts when performed in an academic setting or during any academically related exercise or activity:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or computer-related information
Plagiarism: representing the words, data, works, ideas, computer programs or output, or anything not generated in an authorized fashion, as one’s own
Fabrication: presenting as genuine any invented or falsified citation or material
Misrepresentation: falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of documents or other materials related to academic matters, including schedules, prerequisites, and transcripts


UA Academic Integrity Policy
Academic Honor Council
Academic Misconduct Packet Submission Guidelines