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Davenport University's Academic Integrity Statement

Davenport University recognizes the principles of honesty and truth as fundamental to ethical business dealings and to a vibrant academic community of faculty and students.  All members of an academic community shall be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. The work that a student submits shall be a fair representation of his/her ability, knowledge and skill.  The University expects students to respect and exhibit these principles as they form the basis of the quality of the institution and the quality of Davenport’s graduates.

As stated in the Student Code of Conduct, the University may discipline a student for academic dishonesty which is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, interference, plagiarism, or violation of course rules. Definitions, procedures, and sanctions for these violations may be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

A minor violation occurs the first time the student has a breach of academic integrity and typically involves an assignment or activity that does not represent a significant part of the course grade.  For example, the student knowingly and intentionally cheats on a weekly assignment; copies a source without proper citation; etc.

A major violation occurs as a first violation on an assignment or activity that is a significant part of the course grade, such as an exam or major paper, or as the result of a second minor violation.

Students are expected to review the complete Academic Integrity policy in the University catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures.

The University utilizes plagiarism detection software. All papers will be submitted to where they will be compared against the entire Internet and against a database of previously submitted student papers.