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A guide providing resources related to academic integrity at UWL.

Academic Integrity Basics

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Students at UWL adhere to an honor code

We, the students of UW-La Crosse, believe that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education. We, as students, are responsible for the honest completion and representation of our work and respect for others’ academic endeavors. We, as students and responsible citizens of the City of La Crosse, will aim to uphold the integrity of the university throughout the La Crosse community. It is our individual responsibility as students to uphold these ethical standards and to respect the character of the individuals and the university.

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Academic Integrity defined

What is Academic Integrity?

According to the International Center for Academic Integrity, academic integrity is a commitment to six fundamental values:

  • honesty
  • trust
  • fairness
  • respect
  • responsibility
  • courage 

Academic Misconduct

What does this look like in practice?

Academic misconduct is an act in which a student:  

  • seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;  
  • uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise; 
  • forges or falsifies academic documents or records; 
  • intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others; 
  • engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance; or 
  • assists other students in any of these acts.