The University of Alabama at Birmingham expects all members of its academic community to function according to the highest ethical and professional standards. Students, faculty, and the administration of the institution must be involved to ensure this quality of academic conduct. The purpose of the Academic Integrity Code is to support our academic mission and to maintain and promote academic integrity. All students in attendance at UAB are expected to pursue all academic endeavors with integrity, honor, and professionalism and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars.

To view the full Academic Integrity Code policy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I suspect an act of academic misconduct occurred. What should I do?

    You should report your suspicions to the instructor of the relevant course. If you are uncertain of the relevant instructor, or otherwise do not wish to report to the instructor directly, you may report your suspicions to the Academic Integrity Coordinator of the school in which the suspect act of academic misconduct occurred. This may take the form of an online report, which will be used to by the Coordinator in your school or college to determine the next steps.

  • What are my rights as a student?

    The procedures outlined in the Code afford you with procedural and substantive fairness; that is, you will be provided a fair a reasonable opportunity to defend yourself and the sanctioning process will be guided by recommendations so as not to be unduly arbitrary or biased. The specific rights afforded to you are outlined in the Code, including but not limited to a specific notice of charges, a right to inspect the case file prior to and during a conference of hearing, and the opportunity to appeal a finding of responsibility by a Hearing Panel.

  • What does the new code mean for students?

    The new code is a way to provide assurances to students that the grades they received in their class reflects their honest academic efforts. Your fellow students have an interest in academic integrity because it ensures fairness in grading, protects the reputation of their degrees, and helps ensure that their future colleagues will act with honesty and integrity.

    Even more fundamentally, the new Code is a tool to develop and preserve trust between students, faculty, and the broader community. No matter one’s area of study, acting with integrity and the preservation of trust with one’s colleagues is key to long-term success. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrated the importance of trust in public health. When public health representatives recommend to the public that they get vaccinated or how to safely interact with loved ones, these recommendations are only as effective as the amount of trust placed in public health by individuals and communities. When that trust is violated—as it was with the Tuskegee Syphilis Study—the damage can last for generations. Nancy Kass, a leading public health ethicist, has recognized trust as the most important asset of public health: “the most important asset that public health can have is the public's trust that work is being done on its own behalf.” — Kass NE. An ethics framework for public health. Am J Public Health. 2001;91(11):1776–1782.

    The new Code means for students that UAB wants to help you develop the habit of honest work because we know that habits formed now will stay with you beyond graduation and shape your professional and personal lives.

  • What is the most important resource to avoid academic misconduct?

    The most important resource to help you avoid academic misconduct is your instructor. We recognize that there will not always be easy answers about what constitutes academic misconduct. Together, students and instructors create the shared expectations about how to do your work. These expectations may vary from instructor to instructor, and it is your responsibility to understand and abide by each instructor’s expectations for doing honest work.