Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity & University Policies

Students are responsible for living by Stanford's Honor Code and Fundamental Standard and for maintaining honesty in scholarship. Work submitted for a course must be the student’s own (or a group’s work, if students have collaborated on an assignment). The same essay may not be submitted for a grade in more than one class.

Students must take care to use sources appropriately, as the use of someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledgement and as your own contradicts PWR goals and principles. As such, PWR will take reasonable precautions to prevent it and all measures prescribed by the Stanford Office of Community Standards for remedy and redress.

All written work submitted to PWR classes may be sent by the PWR instructor to one or more databases for the noncommercial purpose of checking the writer’s use of sources. These databases check student writing against published works and other submitted student writing to ensure academic integrity, confirming that words and ideas have not been borrowed without appropriate citation. Even an unintentional violation may be a serious offense.

If you have questions about these matters, please consult the Office of Community Standards (Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd floor, Suite 9; 650-725-2485 or e-mail Alternatively, talk to your instructor during office hours to understand the criteria for academic integrity within PWR.