Academic Honesty and Integrity
Strategies for Reducing Academic Misconduct
Start with the Syllabus
One of the most effective tools for preventing academic misconduct is a statement in your syllabus. Include one in the syllabus of each class you teach.
On the First Day of Class
To further drive home the point, on the first day of class open the floor to a brief discussion, making sure to touch on why academic integrity is important to you, and why it should be important to them.
Explaining academic integrity as both an institutional and personal value, and providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior, is an effective strategy for preventing problems at the outset.
Discuss Acceptable and Unacceptable Collaboration
Instructors should clarify what is acceptable regarding collaboration on papers, homework, and take-home exams. Kansas State University’s Honor & Integrity System puts out a great list.
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