Students encouraged in October to embrace academic integrity all year


University Park, Pa. — This month, Penn State will join colleges and universities across North America in celebrating Academic Integrity Month. Throughout October, students will be able to find a wealth of tips and resources across the web and social media to help them achieve excellence with integrity.

The effort has been led by a group of Penn State faculty and staff who have been working to support students and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Academic integrity must be at the foundation of all Penn State educational activities. It is the first of our core values and is even more important during this period of hybrid and remote teaching and learning, where many students and educators are finding their way in unfamiliar and stressful times,” said Christine Masters, College of Engineering Assistant Dean. “In October we hope to bring heightened visibility to this important aspect of how we engage with our scholarly community.”

Academic integrity encompasses issues such as citation, plagiarism, cheating and unauthorized collaboration. Penn State students are responsible for upholding standards of academic integrity in accordance with college and campus honor codes and the Penn State Values, which include the value of integrity.

As part of Penn State’s celebration of Academic Integrity Month, students will find resources related to academic integrity on Penn State’s social media channels (especially Undergraduate Education’s Twitter and Instagram accounts) and on Resources will include Penn State’s site for training students about academic integrity, the Academic Integrity Quick Guide for Students (DOC), informational videos produced by Penn State undergraduates and more.

Students are encouraged to follow Undergraduate Education on Twitter and Instagram to receive information about academic integrity in October, and many more issues related to life as a Penn State student throughout the year.

Instructors can find information about academic integrity at


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Megan Lakatos