Ethics and Additional Support

Plagiarism Statement

Plagiarism is a breach of academic integrity that includes but is not limited to the act of presenting another person’s words or ideas as your own without attribution; the act of piecing together multiple unattributed sources to create the illusion of originality; or the act of resubmitting without acknowledgment and permission from the current course instructor significant passages of previously submitted work, even if the work is your own. The College of the Liberal Arts policy on plagiarism is available online at: If you have any questions about plagiarism and its consequences (or about any other feature of academic integrity) please ask. Plagiarism indicates disregard for ethical standards, your instructor, and your peers. If plagiarism is discovered in your work, you risk failing the assignment and possibly the course. You will also be referred to the College Committee for Academic Integrity, and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct, which could result in probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Accessibility Statement

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus: For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site: In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons.  It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Office, 328 Boucke Building.

On-Campus Writing Support

The peer tutoring of writing at Penn State Learning will be available in two locations: 220 Boucke Bldg. and 113 Pattee Library (Reserve Reading Room). In a typical thirty-minute writing tutorial, peer tutors read constructively; listen actively; ask questions about the rhetorical situation; discuss matters such as unity, coherence, development, style, and mechanics; and offer encouragement to help students improve as writers. Tutors do not edit or fix papers for students. The goal is to help students become better writers, not just turn in better papers. Students wishing to schedule appointments or ask questions about drop-in tutorials may speak with a receptionist at 814-865-1841.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office offers residential and distance-based Penn State students non-emergency mental health services in the form of case management, community resource referrals, supportive listening, care giver support and much more.

Students may request assistance from CAPS regarding a variety of common mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and stress. CAPS services are designed to enhance students’ ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience. Call CAPS at 814-863-0395 (8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday EST) or submit an inquiry online at to schedule an appointment with a mental health advocate, who can help you address mental health concerns that may interfere with your academic progress or social development. This appointment will include a one-on-one session that can be conducted via telephone, teleconference (Skype, FaceTime, etc.), or locally at Penn State University Park. For more information on services provided through CAPS, please visit the Penn State CAPS website.

Reminder: These services are for non-emergencies only. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation, please call your local crisis center or 911.

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