What Is Academic Integrity And Why Is It Important?
Faculty, administration, and staff are as responsible for upholding the standards for academic integrity as are our students. It is not just limited to issues of plagiarism, citing sources, and copyright, although these are important core practices. The heart of academic integrity lies in an institution’s shared commitment to transparency, trust, and truth. As role models for our students, the values we impart in our teaching methods and practices are as important as the rules we list in policies.
According to the International Center For Academic Integrity (ICAI), there are six fundamental values that define Academic Integrity which academic communities of integrity should advance. These values and their attributes are:
Academic Integrity Resources To Share With Students
Video: Academic Integrity
Tutorial: Information Has Value
Tutorial: Scholarship as Conversation (2019 Update)
Video: What is Plagiarism?
Lesson Plan - Discussion Topics and Exercises
Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan for Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Intellectual Property.
Often, conversations about academic integrity revolve around Turnitin, plagiarism, cheating on tests, and the punitive measures at our disposal to enforce campus policies as plagiarism police. We may not consider the various catalysts for students committing acts that could place them in academic jeopardy, nor do we always plan ways mitigate to them. What motivates students to confound our expectations by breaking the rules that we so carefully set out? The catalyst could be as uncomplicated as a student’s confusion over an assignment’s process and end product, or as convoluted as the pressure of having to meet assignment deadlines while juggling family, work, and/or health issues. What can educators do to eliminate the opportunities of student cheating while creating a pathway for them to succeed in their assignments?
Course design is an excellent way to combat issues of academic dishonesty proactively while providing students with the tools and examples to be honest, resilient, and successful scholars. Components of this approach include setting expectations, defining goals, creating assignments that are plagiarism resistant, and offering ample student support along the way. These bulleted points provide a good place to start. For practical applications, see the links provided in the column to the right.
Make It Clear
Make It Relevant
Offer Options As Well As Responsibility
Make It Plagiarism Resistant
Integrate Academic Integrity Into The Conversation
The following provides a list of institutional sites that offer successful strategies for forwarding Academic Integrity that can be used on our campus.