Academic Integrity Annual Report for 2012-2013

As a graduate institution preparing future health professionals, the MGH Institute of Health Professions is committed to the highest standards of professional, academic, and scientific excellence. Our core values state there should be mutual trust and collegiality in our relationships with each other and those we care for in an interprofessional environment.

Over the past academic year, the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation (CIPSI),  the School of Nursing, and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) have collaborated with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Student Affairs to compile a school-wide report of violations related to academic integrity.

In releasing the data publicly, we intend to begin a conversation around the collective obligation to enforce our core values. We will continue to track violations of academic integrity each academic year as a way to measure progress in living up to our ideals.

The Office of Student Affairs recorded twelve violations committed by nine students. Listed below are the specific types of violations along with the subsequent actions taken by the programs. All these incidents were resolved using the Institute’s academic disciplinary process stated in the Student Handbook section of the Catalog under Student Rights and Responsibilities.


  • Five incidents of cheating, with four reported by students and one reported by faculty
  • Five incidents of plagiarism, with all reported by faculty
  • Two incidents of collusion, with both reported by students


  • Two oral warnings
  • Two written warnings
  • One course withdrawal
  • Two failed courses
  • Two dismissals

The Catalog contains more detailed information about how we define violations of academic integrity and the disciplinary actions they may trigger. You will also find resources about how to maintain academic integrity on the Faculty Compass section of our website. Each faculty member and student is held accountable for reporting observed violations of intellectual honesty. We encourage you to discuss the role you can play in strengthening our commitment to reflect these shared core values in all we do. Please direct suggestions or feedback to the Office of the Provost.