GATE programs adhere to Michigan State University expectations about academic integrity.

Academic integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. Students are expected to submit original work and give credit to other peoples’ ideas. Maintaining academic integrity involves

  • creating and expressing your own ideas in course work;
  • acknowledging all sources of information;
  • completing assignments independently or acknowledging collaboration;
  • accurately reporting results when conducting your own research or with respect to labs;
  • honesty during examinations.

Academic integrity is the foundation of university success. Learning how to express original ideas, cite sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that carry students beyond their academic career. Academic dishonesty not only cheats the student of valuable learning experiences, but can result in a failing grade on assignments, a failing grade in a course, or even expulsion from the university for the student.

The following are additional MSU resources on student academic integrity

Student Academic Integrity


Although there are variations and extremes of plagiarism, GATE instructors and staff exercise a zero-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism.  Proper citation procedures will be covered in class and students are encouraged to ask clarifying questions of GATE staff before submitting materials as their own.  Students may be asked to sign a Plagiarism contract acknowledging their understanding of the types of plagiarism and their commitment against it. If a student is reported to the GATE Director to have committed any level of plagiarism, the parents will be notified and the student will be immediately dismissed form the GATE Academic Year program and must return to their home school promptly.

The use of ChatGPT or other AI software is considered plagiarism by MSU GATE and will be treated as such.

The following are additional MSU resources on plagiarism

Plagiarism Policy