Academic Integrity:
Encouraging Academic Honesty

Ten Practical Ways

  1. Show that you care about academic honesty. If your college or department does not promote an honor code, consider creating one for your courses.
  2. Include information in your syllabus about intellectual property and academic honesty including what class sanction will occur for a violation. Go over that information with the class.
  3. Provide online resources that further explain the details (and examples) of plagiarism and adhering to copyright law. This is sometimes more meaningful at the time of the assignment.
  4. Be a role model.
  5. Explain where and how you obtained your own online resources or examples.
  6. Exemplify and discuss ways to cite resources.
  7. Discuss the libraries' role in helping access electronic reference materials.
  8. Prepare your TAs to be role models, and to know how to detect plagiarism in grading.
  9. Discuss the negative impact of online "paper mills" that allow students to purchase work instead of creating their own.
  10. Indicate that you utilize search engines or software to detect plagiarism.

— Margaret Gunderson and Tanys Nelson, ET@MO - Educational Technologies at Missouri