MyWay Program Academic Integrity Policy

As an institution committed to the Christian values of honesty and integrity, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor expects all members of the learning community to commit themselves to high standards of academic integrity. Academic integrity is vital not only as we live out our Christian calling but also for our students’ success in their future vocations. To that end, students are expected to take responsibility for all the work they produce through MyWay at UMHB and to ensure that all work meets the University’s standards for academic integrity.

  1. Written work and oral presentations submitted electronically should reflect the student’s own ideas, and any use of others’ words, ideas, or patterns of thought should be appropriately quoted and/or cited. Plagiarism in any form is expressly prohibited. Failure to comply with the University’s copyright policy is expressly prohibited.  Professors may make use of Turn-it-In or other online systems at any time for verifying the originality of student work.
  2. Students are responsible for understanding the program’s rules governing any particular piece of academic work and abiding by those rules. Any questions about persons or materials not authorized to be used on any particular assignment should be clarified before accessing those persons or materials.  Submitting academic work produced with unauthorized assistance or materials is expressly prohibited. This may include assistance from associates and family, other faculty members, textbooks, online resources, or commercial sources such as professional paper writers that are available for hire, or any other material that has not been authorized by the program for use.  Papers, recorded presentations or other work (in whole or in part) prepared for one assessment should not be submitted to meet the requirements of another assessment without express permission from the student’s success coach.
  3. Instruction in MyWay at UMHB requires specific diligence to personal and University standards of honesty.  Online students should maintain strict privacy of their login identity and passwords.  Students may not copy, record, or otherwise disclose MyWay at UMHB assessments or project material, including posting on websites, blogs, and other social media. When taking a proctored assessment, students may not access any device or learning materials or communicate with anyone except the proctor, unless that access or communication is specifically approved in writing by the assessment evaluator.
  4. Academic integrity requires that students be truthful in all their academic work. Falsifying research data, lab reports, or other academic work product is expressly prohibited. Students should refrain from disclosing the specific contents of any assessment or other required assignment to another student who will, or may, later be required to complete the same assignment. Students should refrain from soliciting or otherwise acquiring specific information about the contents of any assessment or other assignment that will, or may, be administered in the future.
  5. The University’s standards of academic integrity go beyond the coursework to encompass all aspects of a student’s academic life.  Falsifying an academic record, a degree plan, a waiver, or any other official document is expressly prohibited.  Students should not mislead any official of the University in order to secure a required form or otherwise obtain an academic advantage.
  6. Participants are responsible for their own actions.  For example, providing or receiving unauthorized assistance, including (but not limited to) completing another student’s assessment or contributing to another student’s written or oral work without permission is prohibited. 
  7. Students are expected to respond fully and candidly to any request from a University official for assistance in any investigation of violations of the University’s standards.  Failure to respond candidly and fully to such a request is a violation of the University’s standards.
  8. Academic integrity also includes good digital citizenship in an online environment.  Students should take care to use respectful language in all communication. Vulgar or foul language will not be permitted.  In addition, language that demeans persons or groups of persons or that otherwise violates the University’s rules of student conduct will not be permitted.
This is not an exhaustive list and the University reserves the right to interpret and reasonably apply academic integrity standards to individual situations.  A student who fails to meet these standards of academic integrity may be required to repeat the assessment for the competency involved, as determined by the Associate Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation. The penalty for academic dishonesty may also include more severe penalties, up to and including expulsion from the University. Conduct which violates the University’s rules of student conduct may also be grounds for disciplinary action as described in the student handbook.