How should I address academic integrity on my syllabus?

By Dr. Elaine Green

To promote academic integrity at CSU, in May of 2011 the Faculty Council included the following standards for course syllabi in the Faculty Manual (Section I.5):

  • Each course instructor shall state in his or her course syllabus that the course will adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code.
  • By the end of the second week of the course and/or in the course syllabus, the course instructor shall address academic integrity as it applies to his or her course components, such as homework, written assignments, lab work, group projects, quizzes, and exams. Examples of items to address include, but are not limited to, the use of class notes, study sheets, and solution manuals; appropriate uses of sources, Internet or otherwise; receiving assistance from others; and the use of prior work.

The minimum requirement could be fulfilled by including this statement:

This course will adhere to the CSU Academic Integrity Policy as found in the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. At a minimum, violations will result in a grading penalty in this course and a report to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

For more on more on this topic, please view Including the CSU Honor Pledge in Your Syllabi.

Other suggestions regarding addressing academic integrity in your syllabi can be found by viewing TILT's Academic Integrity Program.


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