All members of the University of Maryland University College community are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity across the academic experience. For students, intellectually honest academic work represents independent analysis, acknowledges all sources of information that contribute to the ideas being explored, and ensures the ability to engage in life and work authentically.

A Message from Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President, Alan Drimmer, PhD

Alan DrimmerThe vision of University of Maryland University College is to build the skills, competencies, and capabilities of our students to realize their professional aspirations. Integrity is the foundation of this vision to guide institutional and individual professional behaviors. Academic integrity refers to a set of shared values, principles, behaviors, and skills that lie at the heart of learning and scholarship. University of Maryland University College has a long history of commitment to academic integrity, reflecting its values of truth, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

University of Maryland University College students, faculty, and staff are accountable for upholding a culture of integrity. Maintaining academic integrity in our work includes mastery of essential skills and competencies, such as integrating others' ideas into an analysis, thinking critically about sources, and directly citing the work of others. Integrity also means mastering the knowledge, skills, and abilities within disciplines and fields authentically and demonstrably. The university is committed to helping students learn and succeed in these ways.

The academic integrity webpage is a resource for the entire university community to learn about integrity in academic work—the core of everything we do at University of Maryland University College.

Included on this webpage is the university’s philosophy of academic integrity. By adopting a philosophy of academic integrity, University of Maryland University College is reaffirming a foundational commitment to the highest ethical standards in teaching and learning and articulating a clear vision for the place and purpose of integrity in the academic experience.

Alan Drimmer, PhD
Chief Academic Officer
Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct strikes at the core of UMUC's mission because it undermines the learning process and compromises the quality and reputation of a UMUC degree. Hence, the university is committed to addressing all alleged instances of academic misconduct in accordance with the following policies: 

The failure to uphold academic integrity includes: falsification of data; improper assignment of credit; and any representation of the ideas, words, or work of others as one's own. When students misrepresent their work, faculty cannot accurately assess their performance or provide the feedback students need to learn. Students who plagiarize or cheat harm themselves and ultimately damage the value and reputation of a UMUC degree for everyone.

UMUC provides a number of resources and support for students and faculty to help them understand the value of academic integrity and to avoid scholarly misconduct. All members of the UMUC community are accountable for knowing and practicing university-wide policies regarding academic integrity, as well as any procedures specific to their school, program, and course.