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Academic Integrity

Below are two formal statements on academic integrity. The first statement is excerpted from the University of Maine System’s Student Conduct Code. The second statement expresses academic expectations and procedures within the Department of Public Administration.

University of Maine System – Student Conduct Code Policy Statement

It is the purpose of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code to promote the pursuit of activities that contribute to the intellectual, ethical, an physical development of the individuals under the auspices of the University of Maine System (hereinafter referred to as “University”) and the individual campuses.  It is also the purpose of this code to ensure the safety of persons engaging in those pursuits: to protect the free and peaceful expression of ideas; and to assure the integrity of various academic processes.

It is expected that students will conduct their affairs with proper regard for the rights of others and the University.  All members of the University community share a responsibility for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity, and reason.

All members of the University are Governed by University policies, local ordinances, and state and federal laws.  For specific governing documents, students and/or campus organizations may refer to the University Policies and Procedures manual; campus student handbooks; campus residence hall agreement and manual; and related notices and publications.  Individuals in violation of state and federal law are subject to prosecution by appropriate state and federal authorities regardless of whether the activity occurs on or off the campus.  In addition, the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the University pursuant to this Code.  THE SEVERITY OF THE IMPOSED SANCTIONS WILL BE APPROPRIATE TO THE VIOLATION.

In seeking to encourage responsible attitudes, the University places much reliance upon personal example, counseling and admonition.  In certain circumstances where these preferred means fail, it must rely upon the rules and procedures described in this Code.  IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THIS CODE, THE UNIVESITY FUNCTIONS IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE MANNER.  THE UNIVERSITY’S ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS AFFORDS FUNDAMENTAL FIARNESS, BUT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL COMMON LAW ADVERSARIAL METHOD OF A COURT OF LAW.

[from the University of Maine System's Student Conduct Code]

Department of Public Administration -
Statement of Ethical Standards in Academic Work

Public employees — and, to an extent, nonprofit employees — are unique in that they are endowed with the public trust and their actions have the force of government authority. Therefore, they and students preparing for the calling of public service have a special obligation to ensure that their actions reflect the highest standards of professional integrity. Engaging in or tolerating dishonesty violates the public trust necessary for the preservation of democracy and diminishes the ability of the entire public service to discharge its responsibilities.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes any form of actual or attempted cheating, plagiarism, lying, and stealing of others’ academic materials. It also includes the failure to report instances of known or suspected academic dishonesty. Examples:

  • the willful giving or receiving of unauthorized assistance in examinations, assignments, or any other academic pursuit.
  • presenting someone else’s words, ideas, thought structure, or data as one’s own in examinations, research papers, course assignments, or other academic works without giving proper credit or acknowledgment using generally accepted forms of citation.
  • making any untrue statement, either orally or in writing, concerning one’s own academic work or the academic work of another student.
  • submitting work done for another course or for any other purpose, either at the University of Maine or elsewhere, as original work completed for a course.
  • failing to report cases of academic dishonesty on the part of others to the instructor or to other appropriate Department or University officials.


  • When academic misconduct is discovered and verified, the instructor may at his or her discretion pursue any or all of the following steps:
    Record an “F” grade for the assignment in which the misconduct occurred.
  • Record an “F” grade for the course and dismiss from further attendance.
  • Recommend to the Undergraduate Studies Committee if the student is a public management major or minor or to the Graduate Studies Committee if the student is in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, that the student be suspended or expelled from the program.
  • If the Committee disagrees with the recommendation of the instructor, the student will remain in the program.
  • If the Committee agrees with the recommendation of the instructor, both recommendations will be forwarded to the Chair for action.
  • Initiate action as outlined in the University’s Student Conduct Code. Sanctions available under this Code include dismissal from the University.

Appeals Process

Any student found in violation of these standards may, through the following process, appeal sanctions imposed by the Department:

  • Within 15 calendar days of assertion of the sanction, the student may submit to the Chair of the Department a written statement appealing the sanction. The request for an appeal must be based on new evidence or procedural irregularities relevant to the decision to impose a sanction.
  • Within 15 calendar days of receiving the student’s written appeal, the Chair will convene a panel to review the sanction decision. The panel will consist of five members:
    • one faculty member of the Department recommended by the accused student,
    • two faculty members recommended by the Chair,
    • one student recommended by the Chair, and
    • one student recommended by the student. All student members of the appeals panel must be currently enrolled as majors in the undergraduate program or regular students in the MPA program. Students on the panel must not be under provisional admission, conditional admission, or academic suspension.
  • If the appeals panel upholds the sanctions imposed by the Department, the student may appeal the sanctions, first, to the Dean of the College and, second, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Department of Public Administration
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1973 | Fax: (207) 581-1930
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469