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Academic Integrity in Social Work

This is guide for students of the School of Social Work with information on academic integrity and plagiarism.

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Darlene Nichols
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Academic Integrity in Social Work

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is conducting your research, teaching, and other academic responsibilities in an honest, responsible, and ethical manner. Plagiarism, cheating, lying or misrepresenting research outcomes, are examples of failure to conduct academic work with integrity. For detailed information, see the School of Social Work MSW Student Guide.

Academic Integrity

Why Should I Care About Academic Integrity?

Besides these expectations from professional organizations, why should you care about completing your work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in an honest manner? One of the reasons is because you may be faced with some of the following sanctions. 

  • You could be suspended, with or without conditions.

  • You could fail your assignment.

  • You could fail your course.

  • You could receive a notation in either your unofficial or official transcript.

  • You could be permanently expelled from school.

  • Your degree could be withheld or revoked. 

Lack of academic integrity or unwittingly plagiarizing during your academic career can also catch up with you long after you leave this MSW program. 


  • Senator John Walsh, Democrat from Montana and appointed to replace Senator Max Baucus early in 2014, decided not to run for this seat in the next election due to a scandal showing he plagiarized the 2007 paper he submitted for his Master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, according to a New York Times article. As a result of this plagiarism incident, Walsh's political career is likely over.