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 (Gaither, Meizlish & Yokum, 2003)

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.

Case Studies (Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University)

Provides ready-to-use case studies submitted by Center for Academic Integrity board members.

Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship at University of Michigan

This U-M webpage provides a comprehensive list of articles and resource that are helpful in designing effective presentations and teaching on the responsible conduct of research and scholarship.  The resources cover topics that include (but are not limited to) the use of case studies, how to integrate ethics education within the research setting and experience, and how to foster critical thinking and problem-solving about issues of research and scholarly integrity.  A number of the sources focus on the sciences, medicine, and engineering, but those in the humanities will also find useful material on research ethics.      

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.    

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