WGU Academic Authenticity Commitment for Integrated Course Submissions

Maintaining academic authenticity is crucial to Western Governors University's (WGU) mission to provide competency-based degrees credible to both academic institutions and employers. It is the responsibility of everyone in the WGU community, students and faculty alike, to adhere to Academic Authenticity policies. As a part of WGU’s ongoing commitment to academic authenticity and student success, this is important as students complete their performance assessments. With each submission for an assessment, students are required to acknowledge understanding of and agreement to the Academic Authenticity policies. The process is a quick but essential improvement to protect the integrity of our institution and students' degrees.

What does this mean for students and how does it work?


Academic Authenticity Agreement Form

  1. When students have uploaded material and are ready to submit work, the Submit button is clicked.8-2.pngScreenshot of the Submit button in a performance assessment.
  2. Once the Submit button is clicked, a Confirm Authenticity window opens. Students are reminded of the policies and guidelines for submitting original work. In addition, the bottom section contains Academic Authenticity statements and a checkbox to acknowledge understanding and agreement to these policies.

    8-3.pngScreenshot showing the text that appears on the Confirm Authenticity page.
    Text for Academic Authenticity Student Agreement as shown in the above screen shot:
    "The value of your WGU degree depends on the quality and integrity of our assessment. Please read the following statements and confirm your agreement:
    • You have read WGU's Academic Authenticity Policy and agree to abide by it.
    • You pledge that the work you are submitting is your original work, no more than 30 percent is quoted or paraphrased from another source, and no more than 10 percent is from any individual source.
    • You assert that all written and other sources that you have quoted, paraphrased, or summarized have been properly cited.
    • You agree not to disclose details of WGU assessment content or identify your work to others as a response to a specific WGU assessment.
    • You understand that if you fail to abide by these policies, you are subject to the discipline procedure set forth in WGU's Code of Student Conduct.
      I confirm that all of these statements are true"
  3. Once the checkbox is selected, students will be able to click the Confirm and Submit button in order to confirm the agreement.

    8-4.pngScreenshot showing the location of the confirmation checkbox and the Confirm And Submit button.

  4. A new confirmation window of submission is provided.

    8-5.pngImage showing an example task submission confirmation page.