Encouraging Academic Honesty
Ten Practical Ways
- Show that you care about academic honesty. If your college or department does not promote an honor code, consider creating one for your courses.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be a role model.
- Explain where and how you obtained your own online resources or examples.
- Exemplify and discuss ways to cite resources.
- Discuss the libraries' role in helping access electronic reference materials.
- Prepare your TAs to be role models, and to know how to detect plagiarism in grading.
- Discuss the negative impact of online "paper mills" that allow students to purchase work instead of creating their own.
- Indicate that you utilize search engines or software to detect plagiarism.
— Margaret Gunderson and Tanys Nelson, ET@MO - Educational Technologies at Missouri