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Student Integrity and Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

The ideal of academic integrity is crucial to the integrity of a university; conversely, academic dishonesty undermines the very basis upon which institutions of higher education are organized and function. All students, faculty, and staff at the Wright Graduate University are expected to meet the highest standards of integrity in the performance of their academic work. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to report observed cases of academic dishonesty to the Chancellor.

The Standards of Academic Integrity proscribe such conduct as the giving or receiving of unauthorized help in examinations or other assignments, plagiarism and other unacknowledged or undocumented use of source material, copyright law violations, and forgery. Students may not re-use their own work without explicit disclosure regarding the nature of its original use and/or explicit permission from faculty on a per-assignment basis.

A student shall be subject to discipline for any violation of the Standards of Academic Integrity. Faculty and staff members shall be subject to reprimand for any violation of the Standards of Academic Integrity. Sanctions imposed will be commensurate with the violations and may include, but not be limited to, any one of the following: an official reprimand; a requirement to repeat an assignment, an examination, or a course; a requirement to complete an alternative assignment or examination; a failing grade for an assignment, examination, or course; suspension; or expulsion from the Wright Graduate University. WGU has the right to investigate alleged violations and enforce disciplinary action as it determines appropriate. Students that are not satisfied with the outcome of a school decision may file a student grievance.

In addition, consequences for copyright infringement include both civil and criminal penalties. Unauthorized reproduction and/or distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject a student to damages or fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment up to five years, plus court costs and attorneys’ fees. For more information please see the University’s annual Consumer Information publication ( and the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ’s at

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