Academic Integrity

The Penn State World Campus is committed to maintaining Penn State's policy on Academic Integrity in all courses. The World Campus, the College of IST, each course instructor and exam proctor take academic integrity matters very seriously. For more information, please review these policies and procedures:

WARNING: Using any material in any media format - from “answer-sites” (such Course Hero, Chegg, and all others) and/or other type of sources - is considered CHEATING and will not be tolerated.  Sanctions range from failure of the assignment or course to dismissal from the University.  Contact your instructor with questions related to this topic.

Copyright Statement

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. FOR COURSES IN WHICH THEY HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN OR ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED, students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor’s express permission is strictly prohibited. Policy AD 40 (Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services) addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University’s Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Penn State World Campus, in partnership with Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), offers its students mental health services in the form of case management, community resource referrals, supportive listening, caregiver support and much more. Services are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation, Get Urgent Help. For other needs, call CAPS at 814-863-0395 (8 AM - 5 PM, ET, Monday-Friday) to schedule an appointment or use this online form to submit a general inquiry. Be sure to identify yourself as a World Campus student. A mental health advocate can help you address mental health concerns that may interfere with your academic progress or social development. Common concerns include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and stress.

Disability Accommodations

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources website provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources website.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Discrimination and Harassment, including Sexual and/or Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct

The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free from harassment and free from discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of gender discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities.

These policies shall not be construed to restrict academic freedom at the University, nor shall they be construed to restrict constitutionally-protected expression.

Conduct prohibited by these policies may also violate applicable federal and state law. For additional information about how to pursue or report a violation, see the full texts of Policy AD85 and Policy AD 91.


In the event of a university-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include: alternative delivery methods; alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates; a revised attendance policy; and, a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

When an emergency occurs, please watch for communications from your instructor or contact them directly as needed. For more general information about the emergency situation, please refer to:

Military Accommodations

Veterans and/or currently-serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcomed and encouraged to communicate these to the instructor - in advance, if possible - in the case that special arrangements need to be made. Please review these Services for Military and Veteran Students.

Trade Name Usage

Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the World Campus, the College of IST, or the Pennsylvania State University is implied.

Additional Policies

For additional policies and information, please visit the A-Z Index on the World Campus website, which includes further information regarding Penn State policies, access accounts, tuition/fees, drops/withdrawals, grading, credit by exam, deferred grades, and much more.