Skip to Main Content

Academic Integrity: Overview

Student Resolution and Judicial Services: Academic Integrity

Walden University considers academic integrity to be essential for each student’s intellectual development. As an institution fundamentally concerned with the free exchange of ideas, the university depends on the academic integrity of each of its members.

In the spirit of this free exchange, students and instructors of Walden recognize the necessity and accept the responsibility for academic integrity. A student who enrolls at the university thereby agrees to respect and acknowledge the research and ideas of others in his or her work and to abide by those regulations governing work stipulated by the academic unit or academic program, and, in turn, the instructor. Student submissions will be routinely searched for offending material by an online originality check program.

The university also recognizes that, in an educational community, the pressure to succeed can often be intense. Students who feel overwhelmed by their academic and personal obligations may be tempted to take shortcuts that may compromise their honesty and integrity. To help students derive the full benefit of the educational opportunity provided by the university, this section defines a violation of academic integrity and gives examples of actions that are considered dishonest. The university encourages students who may have questions or concerns about the definition and forms of academic integrity violations described herein to contact their faculty mentor, course instructor, or Student Success Advisor.

A violation of academic integrity is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for the student or an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other member or members of the academic community.

Academic integrity violations include the following:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Students’ Misuse of Their Own Scholarly Work
  • Providing False Information
  • Copyright Violation
  • Misrepresentation of Credentials
  • Theft or Damage of Property
  • Alteration of University Documents


SafeAssign and Turnitin Tutorials

Walden SafeAssign and Academic Integrity Tutorial

If you experience any technical issues, we recommend using a different internet browser.


Tutorial: Academic Integrity Student Module