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Project Overview


The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action. The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity describes these core values in detail.

 

The original Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity booklet was published in 1999. In 2013, a task force revised the original version to include an updated sixth value: courage. You can now download The Updated and Revised Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity booklet here or by clicking the image to the right.

 

You can also view some key quotes that contribute to the foundation of the International Center for Academic Integrity's core beliefs in the sections below. They are sorted by category and based on each fundamental value as laid out in the publication. Also included, at the bottom, are quotes on integrity.


Quotes on Honesty

I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
-- Lee Iacocca

I am a big believer in the 'mirror test.' All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you've done your best.
-- John McKay

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
-- F. M. Hubbard

Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of wisdom. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Be Silly. Be honest. Be kind.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
-- Arthur C. Clarke

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
-- George Washington

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
-- Gandhi

One word of truth outweighs the whole world.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.
-- African Proverb

Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.
-- Mark Twain

The Truth requires action.
-- Mason Weaver

The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.
-- Merry Browne

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
--Mark Twain

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
-- Aristotle

It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.
-- Homer Simpson

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
-- Mark Twain

Always tell the truth. If you can't always tell the truth, don't lie.
-- Author Unknown

I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't.
-- Mark Twain


Quotes on Responsibility

My belief is that personal freedom cannot grow beyond personal responsibility. The more people that learn to be fully accountable for their lives, the more freedom each of us can enjoy and the more fulfilling all of our lives will be.
-- Reed Konsler

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
-- Abigail Van Buren

"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."
-- Author Unknown

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master--gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
-- James Allen

Responsibility's like a string we can only see the middle of. Both ends are out of sight.
-- William McFee

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self--respect springs.
-- Joan Didion

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.
-- Ivern Ball

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.
-- Giosué Borsi

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.
-- Pearl Buck

With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation.
-- Edison Haines

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
-- John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
-- Erica Jong

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
-- Author Unknown

Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act. More often we grab greedily for the day, letting tomorrow bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular.
-- Bernard M. Baruch

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
-- Albert Ellis

Duty is what one expects from others.
-- Oscar Wilde

A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.
-- William James

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow.
-- Henry S. Haskins

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
-- Booker T. Washington

God has entrusted me with myself.
-- Epictetus

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."
-- Sidney J. Harris

It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action.
-- Stanley Milgram

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
-- Louis Nizer

Quotes on Trustworthiness

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else.
-- Cardinal De Retz

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
-- Booker T. Washington

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
-- Henry David Thoreau

It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.
-- English Proverb

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
-- William Shakespeare

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
-- E.M. Forster

Our distrust is very expensive.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
-- Henry L. Stimson

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
-- Alfred Adler

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
-- Billy Wilder

Who would not rather trust and be deceived?
-- Eliza Cook

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.
-- Frank Crane

Be just to all, but trust not all.
-- Traditional

He who mistrusts most should be trusted least.
-- Theognis

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
–- George MacDonald

Self--trust is the first secret of success.
-– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
-– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
-– Samuel Johnson

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
–- Thomas Jefferson

I trust everyone. I just don't trust the devil inside them.
-- Troy Kennedy-Martin

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.
-- George MacDonald

If people trust and love you, you will never walk alone.
-- Philippos

Trust yourself before you can trust anyone else.
-- Maly Vue

If you can't trust yourself, then who are you going to turn to when you need advice?
-- Craig Anderson

Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
-- Rebecca West

A person who trusts no one can't be trusted.
–- Jerome Blattner


Quotes on Respect

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
-- Jane Haddam

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
-- Joe Clark

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
-- Richard Bach

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.
-- William Henry Channing

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
-- William J. H. Boetcker

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
-- Emerson

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self--respect leads to self--discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
-- Clint Eastwood

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
-- U Thant

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
-- Albert Einstein

Let us forever forget that every station in life is necessarily that each deserves our respect; that not the station itself; but the worthy fulfillment of its duties does honor the man.
-- Mary Lyon

Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.
-- R. C. Samsel

He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.
-- J. Hawes

Respect a man, and he will do all the more.
–- John Wooden

If one doesn't respect oneself one can have neither love nor respect for others.
-– Ayn Rand

It is not sufficient to be worthy of respect in order to be respected.
–- Alfred Nobel

Probably no greater honor can come to any man than the respect of his colleagues.
-- Cary Grant

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.
–- Thomas Jefferson

Men are respectable only as they respect.
-– Ralph Waldo Emerson

They cannot take away our self--respect if we do not give it to them.
-– Gandhi

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.
-– Laurence Sterne

If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.
-– John W. Gardner

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom.
-– John Gray

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.
–- Herbert Henry Leathem

We must build a new world, a far better world - one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
–- Harry S. Truman

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel

Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.
-- Eldridge Cleaver

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
-- Baltasar Gracian

Self--respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
–- Abraham Heschel


Quotes on Fairness

Thou shouldst not decide until thou hast heard what both have to say.
-- Aristophanes

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
-- Aristotle

Fair play is a jewel.
-- Sir Walter Scott

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
-- Lyndon B. Johnson

Ethics is not about the way things are, it is about the way things ought to be.
-- Michael Josephson

Justice is truth in action.
-- Joseph Joubert

Fair play with others is primarily the practice of not blaming them for anything that is wrong with us. We tend to rub our guilty conscience against others the way we wipe dirty fingers on a rag. This is as evil a misuse of others as the practice of exploitation.
-- Eric Hoffer

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace.
-- Barbara Hall

Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.
-- Domitus Ulpian

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
-- Earl Warren

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.
-- Epicurus

Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
-- Henri-Frédéric Amiel

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
-- Elie Wiesel

It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.
–- Oscar Aria

True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of Justice.
–- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
-- Francis Bacon

It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.
-- William Blackstone

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
-- Edmund Burke

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
-- Raymond Chandler

A court is a place where what was confused before becomes more unsettled than ever.
-- Henry Waldorf Francis

Justice delayed is justice denied.
-- William Gladstone

Justice is incidental to law and order.
-- J. Edgar Hoover

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhwre. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Officiis

The more laws, the less justice.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Officiis

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

There are only two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-- Edith Wharton

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Quotes on Integrity

Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play--it--safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
-- Cecil Beaton

Without integrity, no company can have positive word of mouth
-- Jay Abraham

Men of integrity, by their existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
-- John W. Gardner

Integrity has no need of rules.
-- Albert Camus

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living a life of integrity is one of the greatest missions we can undertake.
-- Greg Anderson

A righteous man who walks in his integrity. How blessed are his sons after him.
-- Proverbs 20:7

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
-- Proverbs 11:3

Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.
-–Don Galer

We laugh at honor, and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.
-- C.S. Lewis

Don't compromise yourself. It's all you've got.
-- Janis Joplin

Integrity -- When you do the right thing even though no one is watching.
-- Anon

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
-- Sophocles

Lose your wealth and you've lost nothing. Lose your health and you've lost something. Lose your character and you've lost everything.
-- Ben Lapadula

Real integrity stays in place whether the test is adversity or prosperity.
-- Charles Swindoll

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
-- Mark Twain

Don't worry so much about your self-- esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward.
-- Laura Schlessinger

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
-- Spencer Johnson

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
-- Oliver Cromwell

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.
-- Gamaliel Bradford

Integrity: A name is the blueprint of the thing we call character. You ask, What's in a name? I answer, Just about everything you do.
-- Morris Mandel

Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don't.
-- Peter Scotese

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.
-- John D. MacDonald

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
-- Abraham Lincoln

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
-- Samuel Johnson