Academic Integrity | Faculty

The following resources can assist faculty in promoting academic integrity as well as in preventing and detecting academic dishonesty. Academic excellence fundamentally depends upon the values of academic integrity. Teaching practices such as communicating clear expectations, setting high standards, giving meaningful assignments, demanding attainable outcomes and ensuring fair assessment support both academic integrity and academic excellence. Some helpful practical suggestions to advance these ends can be found on this page. As well, there are useful tools and tips to help prevent, detect and confront academic dishonesty.

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Promoting Academic Integrity

Two Simple Steps from the Academic Integrity Code: “Faculty should remind students in their classes each semester of the Academic Integrity Code and may require that students sign a statement that they have adhered to the Code when writing a specific examination or paper.” Most of the academic units and the General Education Program request that faculty include a statement about the code in the course syllabus (a sample statement is available at the gen-ed Web page on Faculty Resources).

Teaching Practices that Promote Academic Excellence and Academic Integrity. 

A short guide of suggestions drawn from AU faculty and the professional literature.

“What’s wrong with cheating?”
An incisive and pointed plea to faculty and administrators by Michael Bishop, Chair of the Iowa State University Department of Philosophy and Religion (reprinted in Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education, October 24, 2001, and used here by permission of the editor).

Strategies to Prevent and Detect Plagiarism/Dishonesty

An outstanding comprehensive guide for faculty by Robert Harris, author of The Plagiarism Handbook, Pyrczak Publishing, 2001; includes detection strategies using online resources.

A clear and comprehensive essay, with specific tips targeted for teachers, by Barbara Gross Davis from her book, Tools for Teaching, Jossey-Bass Pub. (San Francisco, 1993).

Perhaps the most comprehensive resource of materials about plagiarism, with many active links.

Some useful additional links.

Searching Online for Plagiarism

In his highly recommended online essay, “Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers,” Robert Harris provides this advice about how to search online for suspected plagiarism: “perform an exact phrase search on a four-to-six-word phrase from a suspect part of the paper (find a phrase that has two or three relatively unusual words in it).” The resources below can be used to help search online for plagiarism.

A list of sites and reviews by the Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College. Some sites/services are free; others charge a fee.

A free software program by a University of Virginia professor who uncovered a cheating scandal.

  • Term Paper Mills are Web sites and services where students can obtain research papers for free or for a fee. It is worth knowing these sites which some students might use inappropriately. As well, many of them can be searched.
  • Cheating 101: Paper Mills and You, Kimbel Library of Coastal Carolina University A fine discussion of internet paper mills which gives tips for detecting plagiarized papers and lists paper mill sites (midway down page), both alphabetically and topically.