Graduate Studies

MSC 03 2180
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Humanities Bldg
Suite 107

Phone: (505) 277-2711
Fax: (505) 277-7405

What is Academic Integrity?

In the broadest sense, academic integrity designates the system of professional values and ethical responsibilities that govern our research, writing, teaching, and collegial interactions in the university and the community. Academic integrity entails upholding professional standards of truthful and responsible conduct of research, honest and scrupulous acknowledgment of the work of others, and respectful and honest relationships with other professionals. To achieve excellence in scholarly and creative activity, research, and writing and to maintain public trust in the work performed at our university, it is important to create an environment that promotes and sustains academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research. Taking personal responsibility to uphold the standards of, and adhere to best practices in, academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research is essential to the academic, research, and creative enterprise in which we as partners at the university are engaged.

As stipulated in the UNM Catalog and the UNM Pathfinder, "Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters.” Academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, honesty in quizzes, examinations, and assignments; properly acknowledging the work of others in papers, theses, and dissertations; and following ethical practices when conducting research.  At stake is nothing less than public confidence in the research, writing, and creative work produced at the university. Thus, UNM expects all students, faculty and staff to follow the highest standards of ethical practice and academic integrity, and UNM “reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards” (Pathfinder). 

Academic integrity is often recognized in the breach, as in cases of cheating; plagiarism; fabricating or falsifying data; collaborating without authorization or misrepresenting one’s contribution in group work; submitting false information in any form; or intentionally altering, impeding or destroying another person’s work. Deliberately and knowingly abetting an act of academic dishonest or research misconduct, or failing to report an incident, also constitute violations of academic integrity.

To help the UNM community develop a culture of academic integrity, GS in collaboration with the Dean of Students and the schools and colleges provide an Academic Integrity Tool Kit to provide some basic tips and strategies for faculty, staff and students.