WGU holds, as a core value, that respect for ideas and intellectual property rights is a critical value in academic communities. All members of the university community share responsibility in ensuring that the authentic expression of those ideas is observed.
“Academic Authenticity” means the ethical completion of WGU coursework. Examples include appropriately attributing text, pictures, tables and graphs used in coursework to the creators, and each student completing their own coursework. Academic Authenticity is fundamental to the educational process at WGU.
The following policies apply to all WGU students and assessments regardless of location, and every WGU student is expected to uphold these Academic Authenticity rules:
The Code of Student Conduct (opens new window) defines violations of this policy as "cheating" subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University. Student access to assessment scheduling or task submission may be locked while an investigation of alleged violations of this policy is underway.
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