The Purpose of Academic Integrity and Scholar-Practitioner

Academic integrity is a reflection of personal growth in becoming a scholar-practitioner. Personal growth as a scholar-practitioner is inextricably linked to higher ethical principles rather than an academic prerequisite. Academic integrity aims in culturing the essence of continuous and sound discipline, respect, credibility and maturity within scholars (Laureate Education, 2012). It is a rigorous scholarly training meant to tone the visionary of honesty and transparency in the academic field and beyond. An academic discipline is a thoughtful process and not one submerged in the intentional lapse of judgment. Therefore, a scholar-practitioner is expected to respect the work that other scholars accomplished; and in deep appreciation to their hard work, show acknowledgment (reference/citation) in a manner instituted by the laureate academic standards (Laureate Education, 2010; Laureate Education, 2012; Walden University Writing Center, 2011). Plagiarism is an act of dishonesty and disrespect to the community of academic integrity. It is, in essence,

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