The ability of a university to achieve its purposes depends upon the quality and integrity of the academic work that its faculty, staff and students perform. Academic freedom flourishes in a community of scholars that recognises that intellectual integrity, with its accompanying rights and responsibilities, lies at the heart of its mission. Observing basic honesty in one’s work, words, ideas and actions is a principle to which all members of the UCL Laws community subscribes.
UCL is, first and foremost, an intellectual community. Every university is an environment rich in intellectual, technological and information resources where students and faculty members come together to pursue their academic interests. All of us are here to learn from each other and to teach each other, both in our individual quests to mature as thinkers, scholars and researchers, and in our collective effort to advance and refine the body of human knowledge.
Trust is the central ethic of such an intellectual community. All members of UCL Laws should be able to trust that their ideas, no matter how new or unusual, will be respected; to trust that their ideas will be seriously considered and evaluated; and to trust that they can express your own ideas without fear that someone else will take credit for them. Moreover, others need to be able to trust that a person’s words, data and ideas are your own.
An intellectual community embraces all contributors to human knowledge. Through the work individuals have produced, they share with us their intellectual efforts, trusting that we will respect their rights of intellectual ownership. All of us — from student to professor — are obliged by the ethic of intellectual honesty to credit that work to its originator.