Academic Integrity


Missouri State University-West Plains values academic integrity. We believe ethical practices are an inherent part of scholarly activity.

According to the International Center for Academic Integrity’s document The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity (third edition), academic integrity is

a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. By embracing these fundamental values, instructors, students, staff, and administrators create effective scholarly communities where integrity is a touchstone. Without them, the work of teachers, learners, and researchers loses value and credibility. More than merely abstract principles, the fundamental values serve to inform and improve ethical decision-making capacities and behavior. They enable academic communities to translate ideals into action. (2021, p. 4)

To that end, this website is designed to help students, faculty, and staff better understand one of our community’s central values and provide resources to assist all constituents in understanding of our policies and procedures regarding academic integrity violations.

You may find the full policy and procudures by clicking here.