Why Academic Integrity is so Important: The Honor Pledge
I am here to learn. A college education is not only about earning a degree. A degree signifies that a student has engaged in the process of learning.
Through learning, I will strive to become a better person and a more valuable contributor to society. Learning involves accepting individual responsibility for our actions. Becoming a better person means becoming ever more responsible as a decision maker both professionally and personally.
I understand that dishonesty in the classroom, through cheating, plagiarism, or other dishonest acts, defeats this purpose and disgraces the mission and quality of a Purdue University Northwest education. Because academic dishonesty is incompatible with learning, dishonest students do a disservice to their employers, since they will be less able to apply their knowledge successfully and less able to learn new skills in the workplace.
Therefore, I make the following pledge: in accordance with the Honor Code, I will not engage in dishonesty in my academic activities, and I will not tolerate such dishonesty by other students. In agreeing to this pledge, students make the explicit promise to engage in learning, not to undermine it. When students honor this pledge, they better themselves, better society, and promote an important goal of Purdue University Northwest.
In accordance with the Honor Code, I will not engage in dishonesty in my academic activities, and I will not tolerate such dishonesty by other students.