Maintaining Academic Integrity at Webster University

Carolyn BrownBy Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D.

Academic work is challenging—you are expected to manage classes, demonstrate critical thinking, and be responsible for your own learning.  In addition, you are expected to maintain academic integrity as a college student.  What does academic integrity mean?  It means exhibiting honest behavior and taking responsibility for all of the academic work you submit.  It also means giving credit to all of your sources and using proper documentation in a paper assignment or project.  When you display academic integrity, you can take pride in knowing that you are a part of an academic community of students and faculty who also work hard to uphold the same values of honesty, trust, fairness, and equity.

Part of maintaining academic integrity is utilizing the resources available to you as a student at Webster University. We now have a website called Academic Integrity at Webster that provides resources, explains documentation styles related to academic integrity, and helps you navigate through frequently asked questions.  To visit the website, go to

You will also find a new video on the Academic Integrity home page that features Webster faculty members, department chairs, deans, and students sharing what academic integrity means to them and to the Webster community:

Please do not wait until the end of the semester to ask for help with your academics.  The Writing Center, the Online Writing Center, and the Tutoring Program in the Academic Resource Center serve as resources for you.  The more you plan ahead, the more likely it is you will be motivated to maintain academic integrity as a student.  We are here to help you succeed.  For more information or to schedule a writing or tutoring appointment, call (314) 246-8644 or go to

Do your own work.  Write your own future.


Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D., is the Writing Center Coordinator & Plagiarism Prevention Program Coordinator for the Academic Resource Center