Policy of Academic Integrity

The IPPD policy of Academic Integrity.


The principles of truth and honesty are essential in a learning environment where assessment is a milestone for achieving or failing to achieve a certificate or documentation of a specified attainment. All members of the Institute for Personal Player Development are expected to honor these principles and are accountable for maintaining the integrity of academic work at the Institute.

Plagiarism or any misrepresentation of work, unsanctioned collaboration, use of prohibited materials, or participation in any form of dishonesty all constitute a violation of this policy.


Examples of academic dishonesty that would constitute a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Plagiarism*

B. Cheating on tests, quizzes, or any assignments

C. Aiding or abetting dishonesty

D. Falsification of records or official documents


*Plagiarism is defined as “the false assumption of authorship; the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own,” As developed by Alexander Lindey in Plagiarism and Originality (N.Y.: Harper,1952).

In short, blatant plagiarism means trying to pass off someone else’s ideas or writing as your own OR having someone else write your academic work (in part or in whole) for you.

It is expected that all journal assignments, assessments, module activities, LADS, papers, quizzes/tests, and any other work submitted in pursuit of the certificate will be the specialist in- training's own. Specialists-in-training should always take care to differentiate their own ideas and knowledge from information taken from sources. The term “sources” includes not only primary and secondary material published in print or online, but also information and opinions gained directly from other people through interviews, email exchanges, etc.

Accidental plagiarism can occur when a specialist-in-training doesn’t fully understand how to document sources while doing research for a paper. In the case of the Institute for Personal Player Development, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) style of documentation is used.

Although less of a violation than blatant plagiarism, deceptive plagiarism, ignorance of documentation that results in accidental plagiarism, is not excused. It is your responsibility as someone pursuing an academic credential to understand how to document, both in-text and on a separate references page, the sources that you use. Accidental plagiarism is still plagiarism and must be rectified.

Specialists-in-training who violate any aspect of the Academic Integrity policy is subject to disciplinary action, which can include expulsion from the program and the negation of any gains in PPD certification up to that point. Violations of the Academic Integrity policy will be taken on a case-by-case basis, and the extent of disciplinary action is fully at the discretion of the IPPD instructors and administration.



Last modified: Friday, 17 June 2016, 12:23 PM