Nothing goes more
quickly to the heart of
our institutions than
2. Create honor codes and support educational programs.
Research has shown that honor codes are valuable to limit
academic integrity violations, even at institutions without
long traditions of such codes. These systems work better at
some types of institutions, but can be of value anywhere.
3. Evaluate policies related to the in-class possession of
electronic equipment for cheating and for capturing audio
or video reproductions of faculty lectures, artistic representations, copyrighted materials, and other materials. In
balancing the need to inform students of emergency situations
with appropriate concern about academic integrity violations,
campuses may want to institute policies to address proper uses
4. Inform students early and repeatedly that just because
works are available electronically, it does not mean that
they may be used without permission or attribution. The
role of all student affairs departments as well as faculty should
be to educate students about the Internet as a resource and
the importance of appropriate academic integrity when using
5. Schedule regular meetings with faculty, academic
administrators, student affairs professionals, and student
leaders to discuss issues related to academic integrity.
Though faculty and students deal with academic integrity on
a daily basis, it is important that the entire community understand that academic integrity is central to the higher
education experience and important to campus leaders.
Regular discussions of these elements raise the profile of these
issues on campus.
While these recommendations are not a panacea for
academic dishonesty, they create a policy agenda to promote
ongoing discussion of the issue. SSAOs must begin to create
positive ways in which all members of their communities can
get involved in resolving a problem that impacts all aspects of
campus life and shows no signs of abating.
Dennis E. Gregory is associate professor of educational leadership and
counseling in the higher education program at Old Dominion University
(This column was adapted from Current Issues in Academic
Misconduct and Intellectual Property presented at the 17th Annual
Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, October 14– 16, 2007,
in Burlington, Vt. References are available on request from
Keeping Students Honest
Resources for SSAOs
Carolinian Creed, University of South Carolina
Cardinal Creed, University of Louisville
Center for Academic Integrity, Rutland Institute for
Ethics, Clemson University
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