Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy

As an international student in the U.S. and at Rutgers, you must understand the Rutgers University Academic Integrity policy, and how the policy will apply to your studies. 

The Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy states:

Principles of academic integrity require that every Rutgers University Student:

  • properly acknowledge and cite all use of the ideas, results, or words of others
  • properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work
  • make sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of unsanctioned materials or unsanctioned collaboration
  • obtain all data or results by ethical means and report them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions
  • treat all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress
  • uphold the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to insure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.

Failure to uphold these principles of academic integrity threatens both the reputation of the University and the value of the degrees awarded to its students. Every member of the University community therefore bears a responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld

Why is academic integrity so important for international students?

International students must be aware of the academic expectations set by Rutgers University and understand the consequences when the policies are not followed.

Rutgers has seen an increasing number of international student referred to their office for academic integrity violations. We understand that students from all backgrounds often times engage in academic integrity violations. Penalties for violating academic integrity can have such severe impacts for international students that we want to ensure this population is educated about the consequences so violations can be avoided. Some examples of violations include:

  • Paying someone to do your academic work (paper, exam, etc.)
  • Copying answers from someone else’s test
  • Writing a paper for someone else
  • Taking an exam for someone else

Any violation of academic integrity is a serious offense and is therefore subject to an appropriate sanction or penalty. An international student in F-1 or J-1 status who is suspended or dismissed from the University due to violation would no longer be eligible to continue classes or maintain their legal status, and would have to depart the United States or apply for a reinstatement of status. If there is a violation or potential violation, you should visit our office at 180 College Ave and meet with an international student advisor to review any potential immigration implications.

Resources for students:
There are many resources for students to identify and avoid academic dishonesty, learn how to cite, and writing support offered at Rutgers University: