Academic Integrity

A commitment to the principles of academic integrity is essential to the mission of Northeastern University and of the College of Professional Studies. The promotion of independent and original scholarship ensures that students derive the most from their educational experience and their pursuit of knowledge. Academic dishonesty violates the most fundamental values of an intellectual community and undermines the achievements of the entire University.

Northeastern’s Academic Integrity policy, administered by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), covers many aspects of academic integrity including: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, participation in academically dishonest activities, and facilitating academic dishonesty.

CPS instructors include information about the policy on their syllabi and utilize tools such as TurnItIn to ensure students’ work is their own and properly cited. By attending CPS classes, you agree to stay true to the tenets of the academic integrity policy. If you violate the policy, even unintentionally, it may result in additional work in the form of a reflection paper or educational workshop. It can also result in failing the assignment, course, or even expulsion.

To safeguard the quality and value of your education, CPS conducts targeted and randomized spot-checking of discussion board posts and assignments in current as well as past classes. Violations found through these checks will be reported to OSCCR. Therefore, it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the policy. If you are a student or instructor who’d like to discuss these resources, the academic integrity policy, or a particular incident in more detail, please contact your program’s advisor or the CPS Academic Project Manager, Mr. Ori Fienberg (

If you have been informed that you are suspected of violating the academic integrity policy, consider the following options:

  1. If you hear from your instructor, contact them so you can talk about what happened. It may be that a little clarification will help, or at least that you will have a better idea of expectations in the class.
  2. You may receive an e-mail or letter from OSCCR. Read the communication carefully, as it will provide useful resources and/or information about the next steps you should take.
  3. Contact your academic advisor. They can help you understand any communications you have received and suggest next steps.

In addition to reviewing these options and familiarizing yourself with the overview of the policy, you can access a variety of resources to help you avoid violations, as well as understand and maintain a high level of academic integrity. Please find below information on additional academic integrity resources.

Interactive Academic Integrity Checklist (IAIC)

Below are links to a Flash-based tool students can use before they submit an assignment to ensure they have not accidentally committed any of the most common violations of the academic integrity policy. Additionally, if you are unsure how to do an in-text citation or make a work cited page, the IAIC contains links to examples of APA and MLA-style formatting.

Snell Library

Information about plagiarism can be found on the Snell Library website under their research tutorials. On the first page, you can find definitions and examples of plagiarism, and encouragement to keep track of citations. The second page contains a chart that explains how to use three different tools to automate entries for works cited.

Tutoring Services

Students have a variety of tutoring service options, including the Northeastern Writing Center, the International Tutoring Center, and Smarthinking, each of which can suggest sound research methods and ensure that you have cited sources in the proper format for your assignments. 

Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR)

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution  is responsible for hearing incidents of academic integrity violations and administering sanctions for students found responsible. On the OSCCR page you can learn more about their educational resources and the hearing process, access a broad overview of the academic integrity policy, and contact staff for more information about academic integrity at Northeastern.

Additional Resources:

  • The website features a simple, bright interface and provides a wide variety of information about plagiarism including ten common forms, how to prevent it, explanations of citation, how to paraphrase, and resources for learning more about and preventing plagiarism.
  • Created by the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland’s University College (UMUC), the Virtual Academic Integrity Lab (VAIL) is a four-part Flash-based course on the importance of academic integrity and how to avoid it.
  • The American Psychology Association employs a commonly used style for citation. Students can get the basics of how to format in APA style by watching their tutorial video.
  • Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL, not to be confused with CPS’ OWL courses) contains a vast compendium of free writing tools and tips. In addition to general writing resources, they also have tutorials on APA and MLA formatting styles, as well as information concerning how to conduct and use research. This website works best for self-directed learners who just need clarification on proper citation styles and would benefit from examples of proper formatting.
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