This statement, adopted in June 2018, establishes a vision for teaching, learning, and supporting student success with integrity across the academic experience at University of Maryland Global Campus. It is aspirational, describing high-level values, commitments, and principles that will guide the university's efforts to intentionally instill, maintain, and enhance a shared culture of integrity, through integrity-related policy, process, and operations.
The vision of University of Maryland Global Campus is to build the skills, competencies, and capabilities of our students to realize their professional aspirations.1 Integrity is the foundation of this vision. In alignment with the International Center for Academic Integrity, University of Maryland Global Campus defines integrity as "a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage."2 More than avoiding or sanctioning misconduct, teaching and learning with integrity ensures the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students develop are authentic and demonstrable, and thus support autonomy and self-determination in life and work.
The fundamental values of integrity are core components of character, and they are lived out in specific contexts, moments, and situations. Accordingly, a culture of academic integrity involves two equally important commitments. First, because integrity is a collective good, a culture of academic integrity must establish and uphold a shared commitment to the highest standards of ethics and morality for everyone at all times in all things. Second, because integrity is challenged in specific situations, a culture of integrity requires a commitment to grappling with what it means to live, work, teach, and learn with integrity in all the fields, disciplines, and careers represented in higher education.