How to Prevent Academic Misconduct
Guidelines for preventing academic misconduct are outlined below. Taking a proactive approach to academic misconduct is the best practice for minimizing and managing cheating.
- Familiarize yourself with Michigan Tech’s Academic Integrity Policy.
- Take reasonable precautions against academic misconduct in preparing and administering academic exercises, including examinations, laboratory activities, homework, and other assignments.
- Clearly define in writing (e.g., syllabus, website) permissible or expected collaboration on any assignment, as well as other academic integrity issues that pertain to the course.
- Review the sample academic integrity statement for syllabi.
- Act to prevent academic misconduct from continuing when a possible infraction has been observed or reported.
- Report any incident of academic misconduct to the Office of Academic and Community Conduct.
- Express expectations and standards from the beginning of the course.
Practices that Promote Academic Integrity
- Emphasize expectations for academic integrity early in courses.
- Encourage students to support the academic integrity policy.
- Eliminate or reduce the opportunities to violate the policy.
- Identify and refer to the dean of students those who violate the policy.
Factors that Promote Academic Misconduct
- The sanctions for academic integrity violations are not consequential.
- The instructor’s understanding and support of academic integrity is low.
- There is little chance of being caught.