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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Statement of Academic Expectations

The University of Illinois’ statement on academic integrity is designed to protect the quality of education and research performed here.

All Illinois students and faculty are expected to adhere to this statement, which states “integrity and intellectual honesty in teaching and scholarship are of paramount importance. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to principles of academic integrity and responsible scholarly conduct.” (from “A Handbook for Graduate Students and Advisors,” January 1999, page 47-51.)

The faculty of the School of Labor and Employment Relations are committed to the highest standards of academic integrity in their own research and teaching, and to respecting the dignity of all students as well as fostering the intellectual and professional growth of all students. In a similar way, the LER faculty expects all students to adhere to these same principles in their independent coursework and interactions with classmates and faculty. Evidence of academic fraud including cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, helping someone to commit academic fraud and offenses of this nature, are considered violations of this policy and will subject students to penalties. The consequences and penalties of academic integrity are outlined in Rule 33 of the “Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students” and they are also available at

Questions about academic integrity most often arise in writing papers and exams. In papers, it is expected and assumed that all work submitted is authentic and not submitted for credit in another course. Recognition for ideas, paraphrasing, and direct quotes must be identified with footnotes, all direct quotes must be clearly labeled as such, and all work consulted should be listed in a bibliography. When considering an identical or similar topic for a peper in another class, you must fully discuss this with the instructors involved before proceeding. In examinations, assume that any external assistance, i.e. books, notes, calculators, etc., is forbidden unless specifically authorized by the instructor.

Regular and punctual class attendance is necessary and expected; the instructor must approve all absences from class. At the discretion of the faculty, class participation may be a significant factor in grade determination; therefore, students are expected to minimize any scheduling conflicts with class attendance.

The goal of the faculty is to provide an atmosphere conducive to genuine learning and intellectual growth, and to help all students achieve their academic and professional goals. The faculty believes that adhering to these expectations will make that possible for everyone.