Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

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Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism is defined as copying another student’s work, lending work to another student, or representing extracts or whole articles and texts from books, handouts, or parts of websites as one’s own work. The Student Handbook further defines plagiarism, discusses why it is a serious academic offence, and suggests ways to avoid it. It also discusses, in detail, the university policy in cases where plagiarism is suspected.


Every student is expected to produce his/her own work product and will be judged on the merit of that product. If it is determined that a student has plagiarized another’s work, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action. Such action shall include but not be limited to: a failing grade on the work product, a failing grade in the course, or expulsion from the program. The severity of the action shall be jointly determined by the appropriate Professor and the Academic Standards Committee. The student shall have the right to appeal in writing to the Provost. All appeals must be made no later than four weeks from the communication of the Committee’s decision to the student. The decision of the Provost is final.


The George Washington University of Peace does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. Students, as well as academic faculty and staff, are expected to behave in accordance with this policy both inside the classroom and during on-campus university activities or events. Violation of this policy will lead to disciplinary action.


It is the policy of George Washington University of Peace to maintain an environment free of all inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment in any form is expressly prohibited. Any individual who engages in any conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or that creates a sexually offensive and/or hostile environment will be subject to appropriate action, up to and including disciplinary action or immediate termination.

Management will promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and will take appropriate corrective action. Any student who believes that a violation of this sexual harassment policy has occurred has the responsibility to report the alleged violation immediately to their mentor or to any other representative of Senior Administration. No adverse action will be taken against any individual who reports allegations of sexual harassment, and all reports will be treated confidentially.