Academic Culture

Our worldwide reputation is interwoven with our commitment to academic rigor and integrity. That integrity comes from originality of thought and expression, critical inquiry and scrupulous investigation, respect for the foundations we build our work upon, and of course a spirit of adventure.

From the terms we use to classroom behavior and assignments, expectations in a U.S. university are sometimes different from what you’re used to. Perhaps you’re not accustomed to speaking up in class, but participation is part of your grade, or maybe you’re unsure how or when to cite your sources for a research paper.

You can read basic standards of academic integrity from the International Center for Academic Integrity, of which BU is a member. BU’s Academic Conduct Code lays out the standards to which we hold all students. Anytime you need help understanding requirements, talk to your professor or advisor. You can also take advantage of the many academic resources we have available on campus.

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