Academic Integrity

The Office of Academic Integrity addresses instances of academic dishonesty which take place within the university community, promotes academic integrity through educational initiatives, and administers the university’s academic disciplinary procedures detailed within the “Code of Academic Integrity.”  The office works in collaboration with the Academic Integrity Council, a representative body of students and faculty from each academic college, in its facilitation of hearings.

Definition of Academic Dishonesty 

According to the “Code of Academic Integrity,” academic dishonesty is defined as cheating of any kind, including misrepresenting one’s own work, taking credit for the work of others without crediting them and without appropriate authorization, and the fabrication of information.

Graduate Academic Integrity Module Requirement

Students admitted to a graduate certificate or degree-granting program offered by the GW School of Business are required to complete the Academic Integrity Module posted under Academic Information in the Online Orientation in Blackboard.  Students will receive information on completing the academic integrity module approximately one month prior to the start of classes for the semester in which they admitted.  Students who commit to a program after this date will receive information on a rolling basis.    

Avoiding Plagarism 

All students are strongly encouraged to submit all written work through SafeAssign.  SafeAssign is a free plagiarism prevention service that students and faculty may access via GW Blackboard.

Initiating an Academic Integrity Charge

According to the “Code of Academic Integrity”, it is the moral responsibility but not the sanctioned obligation of each member of the George Washington University community to respond to suspected acts of academic dishonesty by:

  1. consulting the individual(s) thought to be involved and encouraging them to report it themselves, and/or
  2. reporting it to the instructor involved, and/or
  3. reporting it to the Academic Integrity Council.
  4. Reporting oneself after committing academic dishonesty is strongly encouraged and may be considered in determining sanctions.

Charges involving violations of the “Code of Academic Integrity” may be initiated by either faculty, students, librarians or administrators. When charging a student for an academic integrity violation, complainants must sign and submit the Charge of Academic Dishonesty form to the Office of Academic Integrity.