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Academic Integrity

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It is the mission of the University of Oklahoma to create an academic culture that fosters student integrity both in and out of the classroom. Resources found throughout this website can help you to understand this mission, as well as guide you through the academic integrity system.

Authenticity Reminder

The Office of Academic Integrity Programs and Integrity Council reminds students that no resource should ever be used to replace original thought or effort. Every college assignment is meant to improve a student’s understanding of the subject matter and allow a professor to assess the student’s understanding. Therefore, all academic work submitted by a student should be the product of the student's own understanding and effort. Unless specifically permitted by the professor, and clearly indicated by the student through proper attribution, it is cheating to submit any academic work that originates from another source.

From sharing notes to the emergence of the internet, generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, join a long list of technological advancements that have significantly impacted education. When used properly, these resources can aid in a student’s understanding of a particular topic and can be celebrated for the contributions to advancing knowledge. When used improperly, any resource can undercut the purpose and value of academic work.

Faculty's Guide to Academic Integrity

This guide seeks to answer general questions faculty members might have about Academic Integrity at OU as well as provide information on the process for reporting incidents of academic misconduct.

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Guide to Academic Integrity

Student's Guide to Academic Integrity

The guide is the official resource for students can use to learn the rules at OU, understand why academic integrity is important, and how students can participate in promoting academic integrity throughout the school year.

View the Student's
Guide to Academic Integrity

Is it an INTEGRITY VIOLATION for a student to SELL notes, homework, or papers?

We are receiving numerous inquiries about the small but growing online market for students' course notes, papers, etc. The Integrity Code does not prohibit selling per se, but does prohibit conduct that the student knows or should know will help others cheat.

Selling or otherwise sharing work violates the Code either: (1) when the instructor has PROHIBITED sharing a particular assignment, or (2) when the nature of the work and the other CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD PUT A REASONABLE STUDENT ON NOTICE that sharing will help others cheat. For example, a student who receives permission to take a test early would violate the Code by selling or otherwise posting the test before the rest of the class has taken it.

While the online format is new, the idea of selling notes and other work is old -- the first legal case we know of is from 1825! Posting work or assignments online, especially for money, can also raise copyright problems entirely separate from the academic integrity issue.

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