Code of Academic Integrity


The Code of Academic Integrity was established in the 1996 -1997 academic year and was written and designed by students, faculty, librarians, and administrators. The Code of Academic Integrity:

  • Sets minimum standards for academic student conduct
  • Defines the rights of students charged with an academic disciplinary violation
  • Lists the procedures for resolving academic disciplinary matters
  • Provides guidance for academic disciplinary sanctions
  • Addresses other issues regarding academic student conduct


On July 1, 2021, GW will launch a new Code of Academic Integrity. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is offering several resources to support faculty in teaching academic integrity and responding to identified violations. These include online resources for promoting academic integrity and briefing sessions for faculty and academic administrators on a variety of approaches to managing academic integrity.

What's new and what's stayed the same?

The following are a few key highlights regarding the new Code of Academic Integrity:

Examples of Tried and True Code Aspects (unchanged) Examples of New and Improved Code Aspects
Faculty should report all violations of academic integrity. Faculty may resolve cases via agreements with students for any cases not involving suspension or expulsion (previously, this was limited to first-time cases). Agreements must be reported to Student Rights & Responsibilities.
Student Rights & Responsibilities manages case processes and maintains records. Low level violations are no longer maintained beyond graduation as permanent records (including retroactively).  Serious violations resulting in suspension or expulsion are still maintained for multiple years.
Definitions of academic integrity violations are mostly unchanged. Enhanced guidance on sanctioning considerations, including additional emphasis on educational sanctions.