Why Does Academic Honesty Matter?

Academic honesty involves a responsibility both to knowledge and to your fellow students and researchers. Knowledge is produced actively by people. In order to evaluate the usefulness and significance of knowledge, we need to know who produced it when, where, and how. Without those details, it is impossible to know whether the sources are appropriate or reliable. Similarly, when we read someone else’s work in an academic context, we assume that the author has constructed the arguments, research, or perspective being put forward. Without being able to make such an assumption, any conclusions we draw based on such research will inevitably weaken the integrity of our own thinking and work; any credit given the author will be falsely achieved and ultimately hurt both the author and the academic community at large.