Academic Integrity

What strategies can help guide students towards academic integrity? 

- Talk to students about the meaning of academic integrity - for you, your profession, the institution, society - and discuss the GVSU Student Code (Section 6: Conduct Process Academic Integrity) and your class policies. Clearly state the consequences of academic dishonesty and encourage students to make the right decision. Don’t assume that including a paragraph in your syllabus is sufficient. Consider having students complete an online plagiarism tutorial. Reinforce the importance of academic integrity during the semester. 

- Clearly articulate expectations for assignments (can students work together?) and help students connect the work to the learning objectives of the course - instructor transparency and intentionality support student motivation - students are more likely to cheat when they consider assignments as “busy work” 

- Don’t assume good habits of writing, research, citations - provide guidance, resources, tutorials - ask students about their needs, concerns, prior experiences - discuss your own research processes, challenges, strategies

  • University Libraries Research and Writing Consultants
  • One-on-One Library Consultation
  • Citing Sources: Tools and Generators LibGuide 

- Find alternate ways to demonstrate learning other than exams and papers - podcast, blog, video commentary - give students choices - a sense of control over their learning fosters motivation

- Ground assignments in a detailed path of inquiry - linking multiple assignments, scaffolding, process writing

 - Keep things fresh - change assignments across semesters or sections

- Collaborative work - write in pairs or incorporate peer ideas - are you the sole audience for student work?  

- Require multiple meaningful assessment activities throughout the semester 

  • give students early success opportunities - promotes self-efficacy 
  • require application of knowledge to new situations 
  • use brief writing assignments or quizlets at the edges of the class period
  • ask questions using higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy in Cognitive, Psychomotor, and Affective domains

 - Follow through when academic dishonesty is discovered: consequences and teachable moments 

- Build trusting, supportive relationships with your students. Clearly communicate that you care about their learning. Direct feedback to effort and achievement. Teach students how to be successful. 

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Minarcik, J., & Bridges, A. J. (2015). Psychology graduate students weigh in: Qualitative analysis of academic dishonesty and suggestion prevention strategiesJournal of Academic Ethics13(2), 197-216.

Leonard, M., Schwieder, D., Buhler, A., Bennett, D. B., & Royster, M. (2015). Perceptions of Plagiarism by STEM Graduate Students: A Case Study. Science and engineering ethics21(6), 1587-1608. 

Wong, S. S. H., Lim, S. W. H., & Quinlan, K. M. (2016). Integrity in and Beyond Contemporary Higher Education: What Does it Mean to University Students? Frontiers in Psychology7, 1094. 

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The Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging Ten Types of Original Work

  • An infographic with helpful terminology to help guide a conversation with students about academic integrity 

Best Practices Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education  

  •   A list of best practices gathered by experts and practitioners with ideas for assignments, assessments, and student support.

Best Practices for Preventing Plagiarism, Webster University

  •   Practical suggestions that focus on designing course materials that emphasize academic integrity 

Writing Across the Curriculum at UW-Madison

  •   Crafting robust writing assignments and other pedagogical strategies for any courses that involve writing 

Tips to Reduce the Impact of Cheating in Online Assessment

  •   A blog post with tips for maintaining academic integrity of online testing and homework assignments 

Detecting and Preventing Cheating During Exams

  •   A chapter from a volume of essays, Pedagogy, not Policing: Positive Approaches to Academic Integrity at the University from Syracuse University chock full of excellent suggestions

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