Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters. Sanctions for such a breach may include academic sanctions from the instructor, including failing the course for any violation, to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or any other form of cheating, consult the course instructor.
The University of Missouri defends the right of its faculty and students to present a variety of opinions on different topics. This principle of academic freedom is especially important in courses containing controversial subject matter. It extends to online curriculum as well as to on-campus classes. The views expressed in these course materials do not necessarily represent the views of Mizzou Online or the University of Missouri.