The academic community of the University of Maine recognizes that adherence to high principles of academic integrity is vital to the academic function of the University.
Academic integrity is based upon honesty. All students of the University are expected to be honest in their academic endeavors. All academic work should be performed in a manner which will provide an honest reflection of the knowledge and abilities of each student. Any breach of academic honesty should be regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.
The entire academic community shares the responsibility for establishing and maintaining standards of academic integrity. Those in charge of academic tasks have an obligation to make known the standards and expectations of acceptable academic conduct. Each student has an obligation to know and understand those standards and expectations. While the academic community recognizes that the responsibility for learning and personal conduct is an individual matter, all students and faculty members are expected to help to maintain academic integrity at the University by refusing to participate in, or tolerate, any dishonesty.
We recognize that there is an educational component to the student academic integrity policy and its associated behaviors at the university. This policy must be linked to efforts to educate students, faculty and staff regarding definitions, concepts and issues associated with academic integrity.