Academic Integrity

Letter from the Chancellor

Chancellor Thomas L. KeonDr. Thomas L. Keon
Academic integrity permeates the fiber of education our university delivers and our students persist to gain. The Purdue diploma Purdue Calumet graduates receive signifies quality, value and, perhaps most importantly, our promise of a highly respected standard of preparedness.

Our graduates earn a degree that represents a specified and respected level of knowledge gained, skills cultivated, thinking and thought-processing developed, and the ability to apply all of that in a real world environment of opportunities and challenges.

Academic integrity defines the rules and upholds the standards of academic accomplishment. The absence of academic integrity would make a degree meaningless and educational attainment insignificant.

Academic integrity is what assures the onward and upward progression of our civilization. It demands a hard line. It demands unwavering commitment. It demands our untiring efforts of preservation. It demands absolute enforcement.

Academic integrity has and will continue to drive the Purdue education we provide—the same education that has extraordinarily defined and served thousands of Purdue graduates worldwide.

Letter from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Peggy GerardDr. Peggy Gerard

I expect all faculty and students to recognize and accept the responsibility to ensure that the standards of academic integrity are valued and functional on our campus. All faculty and students will promote and reinforce these standards of academic integrity embodied in Purdue University Calumet’s Honor Code.

I challenge all to become familiar with

  1.  the Honor Code,
  2.  Explanation of the Honor Code, and
  3.  Values of Integrity & the Honor Code.

The values reflected in our Honor Code are valued not only in higher education, but also in every aspect of life outside the university.

As you begin your studies, I also expect you to embrace the values of academic integrity in the conduct of daily life. Seek to understand what is required of you in your coursework. Prepare well, research, analyze, keep your promises, show respect for others and realize your ambitions by coming to class ready to learn. Prepare for all tests and exams. Assume responsibility for your own work and always give recognition for the work of others. If you make a practice of incorporating these values into the everyday routine of student life, you will have developed a solid foundation for living the rest of your life responsibly and ethically.

As you nurture and develop an ethical approach to your studies, you will take away with you, not only your diploma, but also highly developed fundamental values that will serve you well throughout your life.

Letter from the Chair of the Honor Council

John Rowan, Professor of PhilosophyDr. John Rowan
There are two main points I wish to stress to all members of the university community. First, instructors have the right to identify instances of alleged dishonesty among their students and, correspondingly, assign penalties they deem appropriate, up to and including assigning to the student a failing grade for the course. Second, students have the right to challenge their professors’ allegations of dishonesty, in the same way they have the right, through the grade appeal system, to appeal a grade received in a course.
Each party should take steps to minimize misunderstandings. Instructors should be very clear, on their syllabi and in their course materials, about what is (and is not) permissible practice for the coursework they assign. This is especially helpful to students, who encounter among their instructors a wide range of acceptable limitations in their various courses. Students, meanwhile, should understand clearly that plagiarism and other forms of dishonesty need not be intentional. Students are therefore advised to consult with their instructors whenever there are questions about appropriate guidelines for their coursework.

As Chair of the Honor Council, my responsibilities include facilitating student appeals, ensuring that the rights of all parties are respected and recognized, and acting as a resource for students, faculty and all members of the university who have questions about the process.

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