Creating a Classroom Culture of Integrity

Three Keys

  • A discussion of why academic integrity is an important facet of scholarship in your discipline, and to your students' development as a scholar.
  • A discussion of what it means to have a fair and "level playing field" in your class, including maintaining a degree of trust both between students and between the instructor and students.
  • A discussion of why academic integrity is important to you personally. You may want to explain the guidelines you follow in your research and professional writing as an example.

Discussing It Openly

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Honor System suggests facilitating a 10 to 30 minute discussion by asking the following open-ended questions:

  • What do you think I mean in my syllabus when I refer to "academic integrity"?
  • Why do you think I care about academic integrity?
  • Do you think that students care about academic integrity?
  • How many of you have observed anyone cheating? How did that make you feel?

The discussion of the honor pledge as a reminder of students' commitment to each other, to following their own values, and their commitment to you will play a significant part in reinforcing a culture of integrity.