Academic Honesty Policies

Information on the Plagiarism Prevention Program can be found on the Improving Learning section of this guide by clicking here.

Statement of Ethics (from both graduate and undergraduate catalogs)

Webster University strives to be a center of academic excellence. The University makes every effort to ensure:

  1. The opportunity for students to learn and inquire freely.
  2. The protection of intellectual freedom and the rights of professors to teach.
  3. The advancement of knowledge through scholarly pursuits and relevant dialogue.

The University community is by nature pluralistic and diverse. Those who elect to participate in the Webster University community accept the responsibility of sharing in the effort to achieve the University's mission as an institution of higher learning. Each person is expected to respect the objectives of the University and the views expressed within the community. Participants in this shared enterprise strive to be governed by what ought to be rather than by what is. To accomplish its goals, members of the University community aspire to a standard that is higher than mere compliance with formalized University requirements and local, state, and federal law. All members endeavor to fulfill the following expectations:

  1. Preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty.
  2. Treat others with respect and dignity.
  3. Respect the rights and property of others.
  4. Act with concern for the safety and well-being of all associates.

Inquiry, discourse and dissent, within the framework of an orderly academic environment, are essential elements of a University community. Members of the Webster University community recognize this and are consequently supportive of democratic and lawful procedure, and dedicated to rational approaches to solving problems. This assumes openness to change as well as commitment to historical values.

Academic dishonesty policy for undergraduate students

Academic dishonesty includes the following and any other forms of academic dishonesty:


Webster University students assume the obligation of conducting themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Student misconduct may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. To the extent that penalties for any misconduct are prescribed by law, the University will consider appropriate action under such laws.

Complete descriptions of student rights and responsibilities and the University disciplinary procedure are printed in the Student Handbook and Calendar , available in the Office of Student Affairs or the University Center information desk or online.

Academic dishonest policy for graduate students

The University is committed to high standards of academic conduct and integrity. Students will be held responsible for violations of academic honesty.

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes the following and any other forms of academic dishonesty:

Cheating—Using or attempting to use crib sheets, electronic sources, stolen exams, unauthorized study aids in an academic assignment, or copying or colluding with a fellow student in an effort to improve one’s grade.

Fabrication—Falsifying, inventing, or misstating any data, information, or citation in an academic assignment, field experience, academic credentials, job application or placement file.

Plagiarism—Using the works (i.e. words, images, other materials) of another person as one’s own words without proper citation in any academic assignment. This includes submission (in whole or in part) of any work purchased or downloaded from a Web site or an Internet paper clearinghouse.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty—Assisting or attempting to assist any person to commit any act of academic misconduct, such as allowing someone to copy a paper or test answers.

Disciplinary Actions

In most cases, the instructor will address issues of academic dishonesty within the confines of the student’s course. The instructor may decide an appropriate consequence, including the following options: a written warning; the assignment of a written research project about the nature of plagiarism and academic honesty; a reduced grade or partial credit on the assignment; requiring the student to repeat the assignment; or issuing a failing grade to the student of the course.

If a student receives an unsatisfactory grade (C, F) in a course as a result of academic dishonesty, existing academic policies may lead to probation or dismissal.

In extreme cases, a dishonesty violation may warrant consideration for dismissal, suspension, or other disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions require a formal judicial process as outlined in the Student Handbook.

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