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Academic Integrity

At Liberty University, we place a high value on honesty and integrity in our community. You are an integral part of this community, and we expect you to uphold and esteem the university’s principles. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Academic Misconduct to clarify our policies and expectations for your academic coursework. If you have further questions, please review the Academic Misconduct section of the Honor Code.

What is Academic Misconduct?


According to The Liberty Way, Academic Misconduct is considered conduct that undermines the academic integrity of Liberty University and includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and falsification.


Time Management

The most significant factor in academic misconduct situations is poor time management. Students often face significant time constraints while completing their assignments. Sometimes, those time constraints are due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, but in many cases, poor time management was preventable. A lack of time management can lead to high stress situations where students decide to commit academic misconduct in an effort to save time or bring closure to a challenging assignment. The Academic Success Center has great tips and tools for being a better time manager as a college student.


Collaboration is encouraged as long as appropriate boundaries are observed when providing input on each other’s work. Collaboration should never involve students giving possession of their work to others. This includes giving answers to exam and quiz questions. Once your work is out of your possession, the integrity of the course may be considered compromised. Collaboration should also not involve students making modifications to the work of another student. Feedback and suggestions are acceptable; modifying or creating content is not.

Assignments Found Online

Unfortunately, there are websites that contain complete or partial assignments from current and former LU students and students from other institutions. This content should never be accessed as “stealing, buying, receiving, selling or transmitting coursework of any kind” is strictly prohibited in the Honor Code. If it comes to your attention that your coursework or another student’s course work is online, please contact the Office of Community Life.


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