Academic Honesty & Integrity Policy*

* This text was developed by Student Government Association and reviewed by Jeannine Beratta, Director of Judicial Affairs for Student Life. This text shall be included in the Student Handbook, as resolved by the Faculty Senate on June 7, 1999.

Essential to the Mission of Northeastern University is the commitment to the Principles of intellectual Honesty and Integrity.

Academic Integrity is important for two reasons. First, independent and original scholarship ensures that students derive the most from their educational experience and the pursuit of knowledge. Second, academic dishonesty violates the most fundamental values of an intellectual community and depreciates the achievement of the entire University community.

Accordingly, Northeastern University views academic dishonesty as one of the most serious offenses that a student can commit while in college.

The following is a broad overview of what constitutes academic dishonesty, but is not meant to be an all-encompassing definition.


Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.



Intentional and unauthorized falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data or citation in an academic exercise.



Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as oneís own in any academic exercise without providing proper documentation of source by way of a footnote, endnote, or intertextual note.

The following sources demand notation:


This refers to instances when students, each claiming sole authorship, submit separate reports, which are substantially similar to one another. While several students may have the same source material (as in case write-ups), the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of the data must be each individualís.



Intentionally or knowingly helping to violate any provisions of this policy.


All members of Northeastern University community, students, faculty, and staff, share the same responsibility to bring forward known acts of apparent academic dishonesty. Any member of the academic community who witnesses an act of academic dishonesty should report it to the appropriate faculty member or to the Director of Judicial Affairs.

The charge will be investigated and if sufficient evidence is presented, the case will be referred to the University Court or to the Graduate Court.

If found responsible of an academic dishonesty violation, a minimum sanction of probation will follow.