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Background: Understanding Academic Integrity


Academic integrity is maintaining honesty and responsibility while conducting all academic affairs.  In other words, it is the opposite of cheating, plagiarism, and other infractions that are described below.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and the University of Illinois as a whole, value academic integrity.  It is very important the student understands its importance, its meaning, student rights and responsibilities, and the appropriate steps to take if the student is accused of an academic integrity violation. More on what Academic Integrity is from the Provost's office https://provost.illinois.edu/policies/policies/academic-integrity/

Common Questions from Students:

  1. "There was an academic integrity in class X for which I have been found guilty. I was allowed to drop the class. Will the integrity case be cleaned from my records?" No. This information is retained by the Senate Committee on Student Discipline (OSCR) and is retained for 6 years, for reporting to third parties conducting background checks.

  2. "I dropped a class and now I am getting an email of academic integrity allegation in that class? What should I do, as I don't think it applies to me." It does. The College may reinstate student in the class if the finding is guilty and sanction is failing grade (Student Code $1-403 ( e ) (3)(B).

Please contact The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at engineering@illinois.edu if you have questions.

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