Teaching Strategies: Academic Integrity in the Classroom


Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an honest and responsible manner. In the classroom, academic integrity involves a range of issues, including – but not limited to – cheating, plagiarism, and facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others.

Honor Codes at the University of Michigan

This website provides links to the honor codes and academic integrity policies of the various UM schools and colleges. If you suspect you have a case of academic dishonesty, it is important to know the policies of the school or college in which you are teaching. In all circumstances, seek advice from a supervising faculty member or your department chair.

Academic Integrity in the Classroom: A Selected List of Resources for the University of Michigan

This website provides information for instructors on teaching about academic integrity, identifying plagiarized works, finding resources for students, and linking to UM policies and procedures for dealing with violations of academic integrity.

CRLT Occasional Paper No. 20:  Promoting academic integrity in the classroom, (Meizlish, 2005)

Many college students report that they have engaged in academically dishonest behavior. In addition, students are often unaware of the various disciplinary norms for attributing the work or ideas of others. Links in this section provide an overview of current research on academic integrity, describe institutional practices for promoting academic integrity and for dealing with academic dishonesty, and offer resources related to this issue.

Discussing Academic Ethics (Meizlish, 2005) (.pdf)

This document describes scenarios and discussion questions that can help facilitate conversations with students about academic ethics. These were originally prepared for use at the Ethics in Public Life Forum “Academic Integrity and the U-M Undergraduate Experience” held at U-M on November 9, 2005.

Center for Academic Integrity (Clemson University)

Clemson University’s Center for Academic Integrity is an online forum for academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers and administrators.  Here you can find a wealth of resources, including articles and tutorials, assessment guides, and useful links.    

Council of Writing Program Administrators: "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism" 

This webpage includes the WPA's 2003 statement on best practices. It contains definitions and causes of student plagiarism as well as a discussion of instructor responsibilities in helping students learn appropriate source attribution practices.  

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