Academic Integrity

Saint Michael College of Hindang Leyte takes academic integrity seriously. Academic integrity is important in a learning environment and a critical foundation of an academic institution. All members of the SMCHLI community are expected to personally maintain and demonstrate a high standard of Academic Integrity in their work. This does not only enable proper representation of the individual’s knowledge and skill level and upholding Academic Integrity, it also ensures that all programs, scholarships, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by SMCHLI remain credible.


Academic Integrity – refers to the engagement of ethical behavior of all College activities in an honest, respectful and fair manner.

Academic Work – All work produced by SMCHLI students intended to demonstrate the knowledge and skill obtained during the course of their academic studies with the College whether or not it is eligible to receive a grade or evaluation

Academic Misconduct – refers to any behavior that undermines the College’s ability to (fairly) evaluate student’s academic work, knowledge and skill level or gain unearned academic advantage or benefit, whether deliberate or otherwise, including but not limited to:

  • Plagiarism – refers to the presentation or use of ideas, information, sentences or data as one’s own work without appropriate citation in a written assignment, test or final examination.
  • Cheating – the circumventing of fair testing procedures or contravention of work evaluation regulations. Cheating includes being in possession of unauthorized material during testing, behavior such as copying any academic work from another student, impersonation of a student in an examination or test, disguising one’s own identity or any other act by which a student attempts to misrepresent their demonstration of academic skills or knowledge. Such acts may be premeditated/planned or may be unintentional or opportunistic.
  • Academic Fraud – falsification, misrepresentation, exaggeration, withholding information, data or official documents for an academic or financial benefit. As well as any medical or compassionate circumstances and/or documentation to gain accommodations to complete assignments, tests or examinations. Also refers to writing any academic work for another student or the unauthorized use of another person’s signature or identification as a means of impersonation.
  • Inappropriate collaboration – refers to submission of academic work that was created in collaboration with any other person, when such collaboration did not have the instructor’s approval
  • Collusion – carrying out or attempting to carry out, an agreement with any other person to commit an act of Academic Misconduct
  • Sabotage – refers to the deliberate destruction, disruption or tampering of another person’s academic work or learning environment

Students are expected to uphold the fundamental values of Academic Integrity and avoid all forms of Academic Misconduct. All students are encouraged to seek clarification from members of the faculty to ensure expectations from all of their academic work are well understood and decisions are acted with integrity.