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Academic and Professional Integrity

Purchase College believes that academic integrity is fundamental to the teaching, learning, and creative processes. Ethical behavior is the cornerstone of an academic and artistic community. Therefore, all forms of academic dishonesty—such as cheating on exams and assignments, plagiarism, and submitting falsified data on lab work or research assignments—are considered serious violations of the Community Standards of Conduct. These standards are published by the Office of Student Affairs in the annual Student Handbook ( The policy on academic and professional integrity is also available on the College Policies site (

Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Community Standards of Conduct and the sections concerning academic and professional integrity. In addition, students should always consult with their instructors to ensure they remain in compliance with the college’s expectations regarding academic and professional integrity. Violations of the academic integrity standards may lead to formal disciplinary action.

Members of the faculty and professional staff are held equally to these standards in their work. Allegations of violations of academic and professional integrity by faculty or staff are handled through procedures outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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