Tips For Preventing Academic Dishonesty

• In your planning meeting with the course instructor before the course begins, clarify the procedures that will be used in response to academic dishonesty.

• Inform students of academic standards for scholarship and conduct. Announce the first day of class what your policies are for handling cases of academic dishonesty. Make clear the consequences of cheating.

• Minimize the opportunities for cheating.

  • Make certain that you are in the room at all times during all exams.
  • Prohibit all conversation once students enter the exam room.
  • Recommend that students not sit near anyone they know or studied with.
  • Use several forms of the exam, and alternate exam forms for seats in a given row and seats in adjacent rows.
  • Count the exams that are copied and that are passed out.
  • Count the exams that are collected at the end of the exam.
  • Spend time in the back of the exam room

• Minimize the opportunities for plagiarism.

  • Require students to submit first drafts of major written assignments.
  • Request that final version of papers is turned in electronically so it can be checked for originality with online plagiarism prevention software (blackboard).

• Take visible actions to detect dishonesty so that students know you will not tolerate cheating.

• If cheating occurs, respond swiftly with disciplinary measures and formal action. Instructors have a contractual obligation to report allegations of academic dishonesty to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.

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