Representatives of the Senate's Academic Integrity committee attended an ASFC meeting in October 2012 to talk about the shared academic values of students and faculty and how to express those values widely on campus. Students offered several suggestions for faculty actions in the classroom that we can begin to practice immediately, largely by discussing integrity issues explicitly and often. Here they are.
- Help to raise student awareness of integrity issues
- Use discussion prompts like, why is cheating bad? Or, why is academic integrity valuable?
- Students respond well to other students, so invite students to advertise the importance and value of academic integrity
- Lay out the case in favor of learning and how cheating short-circuits it. (How would you like to find out that the pilot of your plane cheated on his exam?)
- Stress your willingness and ability to help students with subject material.
- Explicitly refer to our academic honor code (students will push the limits if the honor code doesn’t seem important to the instructor)
- Discuss student cheating scenarios, hypothetical or real
- Identify and discuss gray areas and "wiggle room"
- Connect academic integrity to our community, stress that it's not simply an individual matter: "It's not just about you..."
For some great suggestions on discussing academic integrity with your students, check out this article from The Pavela Report.