Academic and Professional Integrity

According the Oxford English Dictionary, Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” Integrity in academic and professional endeavors is a core value and guiding principle at the School of Nursing. 

At the SON, we seek to promote and ensure academic and professional integrity among all members of our community: students, faculty, staff and administrators. It is integral to our pursuit of being ‘ever better’ in our efforts towards discovery, care delivery and translation. It is under these conditions that trust and open communication are promoted; together these qualities make intellectual inquiry and growth possible. 

Academic and professional integrity requires that we approach our individual and collaborative work at the SON earnestly and honestly. It is critical that we maintain accountability for our work and acknowledge our debt to the work of others. It is expected that all students enrolled in any course or program within the SON adhere to standards set forth in this policy relating to academic and professional integrity. Members of the SON community share in the obligations to promote honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of our academic and clinical work.

The SON’s academic and professional integrity policy and procedures are designed to promote a just and trustworthy community that ensures equity, clarity and in cases of alleged academic and professional misconduct, consistency in our adjudication.

All students, matriculated or non-matriculated, must review the SON Academic and Professional Integrity Policy at the beginning of each course and complete the attestation.  Failure to complete the attestation does not excuse the obligation to abide by it.


Violations of Academic or Professional Integrity

The University of Rochester School of Nursing Academic and Professional Integrity Policy reflects the school’s commitment to equal opportunity for student success and the fair and consistent handling of allegations of academic or professional misconduct. Any behavior that provides an unfair advantage to one student or a group of students is unacceptable. All academic and clinical work completed by a student must be solely a reflection of that student's own work, including contributions to a collaborative assignment.