Academic integrity is a set of ethical principles and statutory rules that parties involved in the educational process should follow during learning, teaching and researching in order to ensure confidence in learning outcomes and/or scientific (creative) achievements.
The main principles of academic integrity and ethics of academic relations are:
- integrity – the commitment of the educational process participants to ethical principles and standards which limit dishonesty;
- honesty – systematic avoidance of fraud, deception, theft in the course of their own activities;
- truthfulness – the pursuit of truth, free and open extension of implementation of their own activities, their continuous acquisition and enrichment;
- transparency – accessibility and openness of information, which implies that all educational process participants are obliged to act openly, predictably and clearly;
- legality – keeping within laws by educational process participants and encouraging others to do so;
- respect – respect for the dignity of others, their physical and mental health, for the benefit of team spirit and cooperation with other participants in the educational process;
- trust – all participants in the educational process have confidence in each other’s honesty;
- accountability – participants in the educational process properly perform the powers delegated to them;
- justice – impartial equal treatment of all participants in the educational process, free from discrimination and dishonesty;
- self-improvement and improvement – educational process participants recognize the importance and make every effort to continuously improve the educational system, through their own professional development in particular;
- responsibility – the ability to take responsibility for the results of their activities, to fulfil certain obligations, to resist the manifestations of academic dishonesty, to be examples of honorable behaviour;
- work ethics – participants in the educational process properly perform the duties delegated to them without exceeding or dishonesty in their implementation;
- democratic governance – management of the University involving all relevant participants in the educational process and ethical performance of their duties by management at various levels;
- professionalism – maintaining a high level of competence by each participant in the educational process.