In this paper we have discussed about Academic integrity, which refers to following concepts honesty and fairness for the collection of information while performing an action or an activity. It serves as a base for gathering knowledge and better understanding of the task and helps in the development of the capabilities of a person. Use of unfair practices while performing an action for turning the actions of other’s into ones is a serious offence. Academic dishonesty leads to concealment of the fair facts regarding the actions. All these unfair practices lead to occurrence of different types of plagiarism. Different methods must be adopted for preventing the plagiarism and for presenting the fair picture of an action.
The basic motive behind this research paper is toexamine the benefits of following the concept of academic integrity while performing an action.
The basic meaning of the term integrity is honour. It includes the concept of honesty is to be followed in using the information, in presenting the information and in all the other actions as per his or her knowledge. Academic integrity or academic honesty is totally dependent upon the concept of fairness and honesty. According to this concept one need to execute the course of action by fair means with its own efforts by avoiding unfair practices such as: cheating, copying, misrepresentation or using the work of other’s in his or her name. Academic integrity provides a base and results in gaining understanding and knowledge about the action and in the development of the individual.
Integrity can be either related with the honesty or with the strengthen morale. According to Maryellen (2015), academic integrity can be considered as honesty in delivering the tasks and activities provided throughout the process in academics. Mareyellen is a professor and a PHD scholar providing essentials on study and faculty focus website. There are various reasons for studying and evaluating the academic integrity virtues and develop the study in order to make a sustainable process which should be adopted by the universities and colleges to avoid the plagiarism and cheating issues. In the words of Denise (2014) the academic integrity and honesty are strong pillars of the education system; one cannot imagine development without these factors. Denise is again a research scholar in edutopia. These factors are directly related with the society as academic dishonesty makes the negative arrangements in the education or academic system where students are not evaluated fairly, the fraud and wrong intentions are involved. These set back in education system push back the economy and society and make a differential gap between generations. For example, academic dishonesty can be considered with a real life event, where a student has cheated throughout his examinations, and finally qualified to be a doctor. Can one imagine to get treated with the same doctor; we can better ignore the disease choosing the first option.