CBU’s Charter of Academic Citizenship outlines five values which underpin academic integrity. These values apply to all areas of work at CBU, from how we conduct ourselves in the classroom to how we lead in our work and community.
Ensure that your work is rooted in your own intellectual efforts.
A central purpose of the academic enterprise is to extend our own abilities and broaden our perspectives. No one’s work can be said to be wholly unique or original; however, learning and development requires that individuals create work that originates from their own thoughts and efforts. In this way we do not simply reproduce the work of others; instead we create new understandings, reconceive existing concepts, and challenge long-accepted ideas. These efforts towards discovery lead to the growth and refinement of the collective knowledge of humanity.
Honestly represent your own work and respect the ideas, knowledge, and work of others.
All legitimate academic work represents honestly and scrupulously, to the best of the scholar’s ability, the results of their study and creativity. Even the most novel scholarship borrows from, is inspired by, and reacts to the work of others. Thus, a core principle of academic life is to fully acknowledge the work of others when it has guided and informed one’s own.
Expect to be evaluated impartially.
Everyone deserves to be treated equitably, with the expectation that the standards applied to their work and their progress are reasonably consistent across the institution.
Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
We skeptically and boldly challenge preconceptions and conventional thinking while treating all members of the community with respect. And while university work challenges everyone to do and be their best, the success of one does not preclude the success of another. All can excel.
Do your part to maintain high standards.
All members of the university community take it upon themselves, to the best of their abilities, to work towards maintaining the highest possible standards of academic citizenship as defined by this charter.