Academic integrity is a cornerstone of higher education and dishonest behavior in the classroom can disrupt the educational process for faculty and students. While as a faculty member, you are at the front line when these situations occur; educating students about integrity in their academic work is an institutional value. The Office of Student Conduct aims to partner with faculty to:
Promote academic integrity in and out of the classroom
Educate our students about the expectations here at WSU
Empower our students to take pride in their academic work and to add greater value to their personal educational career at WSU
Our office is eager to support academic integrity in your classroom. Please contact us if you would like us to do a presentation for your class or department.
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Sample Syllabus Statement
It is helpful if you clarify academic and behavioral expectations at the beginning of the semester, and reach an agreement with students on standards for classroom conduct. When establishing guidelines for behavior in your course it is important that you only articulate the standards you are willing to enforce. You have broad authority to manage your classroom, so exercise that authority with compassion and self-restraint. Apply standards fairly and consistently, as students will recognize and resent perceived unfairness.
Emphasizing the importance of academic integrity in the course syllabus will assist you in addressing it on the first day of class. Information should specify what academic behaviors are prohibited, how you will manage academic integrity violations, and any consequences that may result.
The following is the University’s syllabus statement:
Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive [insert academic sanction (e.g., fail the course, fail the assignment, etc.)], will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.
If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at tricities.wsu.edu/conduct.
Syllabus Suggestions for Success
Be clear about…
what style you expect students to use when citing in written work.
what written work needs citations (homework? drafts? final paper?)
what type of collaboration or group work is allowed and what is not. Discuss items such as sharing notes, studying together, working on homework and tutoring.
what is your intellectual property and what is not. Discuss commercial note-taking and lecture materials.
what will happen if you suspect any integrity violations.