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II. Integrity

The Quaker testimony of Integrity asks us to aspire to personal wholeness, honesty and truthful living. Integrity means completeness or one-ness, and implies a commitment to truth-telling. Integrity nourishes our trust in one another, allowing us to rely on one another and others to rely on us. It means engaging with each other openly and honestly.

Academic integrity is particularly important in educational communities. These communities rely on all of their members pursuing truth honestly, scrupulously crediting the work of others, and taking credit only for one's own work and discoveries.

Practicing Integrity

Integrity calls us to be truthful, honest, and fair and to take responsibility for our actions and decisions. We strive to be respectful and honest in our evaluations of each other's work and behavior. We strive to undertake all our commitments and responsibilities in good faith. We aim to hold each other mutually responsible for living in accordance with our principles and policies.


  • Do I seek ways to be open to others' opinions without weakening my commitment to critical thinking, intellectual rigor, and truth-seeking?
  • Do I seek the truth, and speak it even when it is difficult?
  • Am I careful to credit others, rather than taking credit for works and ideas not my own?
  • Do I conduct College business in a way that guards and cares for the College's dedication to integrity?
  • Do I work to minimize the gap between my actions and my convictions?
  • How do I confront lapses in integrity in myself and others?
  • Do I hold myself and others accountable?

“We are fortunate enough to be part of a community like Earlham, where we are afforded the opportunity to make mistakes and to learn and improve ourselves and our community. Earlham's confidence in individuals and their competence fosters integrity and makes Earlhamites better people in every context.”

Marini Naomi Pickering
Class of 2013
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