Academic Integrity (Senate Policy 49-20) 

Definition and expectations: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment by all members of the University community not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments (Senate Policy 44-40: Proctoring of Examinations). At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of University and College academic integrity policies to that course......<snip> 


Academic Integrity Statement for Mr. Trout’s Courses:


Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.   All University policies, Eberly College of Science policies, and University College policies regarding academic integrity/ academic dishonesty apply to this course and the students enrolled in this course.   Each student in this course is expected to work entirely on her/his own while taking any exam, to complete assignments on her/his own effort without the assistance of others unless directed otherwise by the instructor, and to abide by University, Eberly College of Science, and University College policies about academic integrity and academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty can result in assignment of "F" by the course instructors or "XF" by Judicial Affairs as the final grade for the student.

It is your responsibility to be honest, and that means totally honest, throughout your college career.  Your instructor believes that deceiving an instructor in any way, including lying, falsifying data or copying someone else's homework, is grounds for dismissal from the University. Your instructor will do everything he can to see that his policy regarding academic integrity is upheld.



There will be no make-ups on quizzes.  You have plenty of time to complete the take home ANGEL quizzes (usually 5 days or more) so do not procrastinate.  If your home computer is malfunctioning, then use a computer on campus to submit your quiz or as a last resort email your answers to me at or fax them to me at 717-771-8404.  Be sure to include TO: Kip Trout and FROM: Your Name on the fax cover page.  If a take-home assignment is not turned in on time, then it will be considered a zero at the end of the semester.  If you feel this rule is treating you unfairly for some reason, please feel free to discuss the matter with me. Above all, I want to be fair.

To "make-up" a test, you must contact the instructor before or within 24 hours of the test. A LEGITIMATE EXCUSE MUST BE PROVIDED AND THE INSTRUCTOR MAY MAKE PHONE CALLS TO FOLLOW UP ON THE EXCUSE.  Examples of legitimate excuses:


1.  Death of a family member.


2.  An incapacitating illness.


3.  Traffic accident or car breaks down.

The test makeup must occur within one week; otherwise the grade will be recorded as a zero.