Message from the Office of Academic and Community Conduct
Academic Integrity Policy
Please review the Academic Integrity Policy if you are not familiar with it. This will help in identifying incidents of academic dishonesty when they occur.
Report All Incidents
In 1995-96, there were 10 incidents reported. In 2005-06, there were 81 incidents reported, 31 involving first-year students. In 2006-07, there were 183 incidents reported! We strongly urge you to report all incidents of suspected or confirmed academic dishonesty to your faculty supervisor. It is vitally important that students understand that academic dishonesty is unacceptable and results in a report to the Dean of Students; hence, a student will be identified if he/she is engaging in academic dishonesty in more than one class. We will always discuss a situation with the instructor before taking any action.
Recurring Problems with Collaboration
A recurring problem arises when students are accustomed to working in teams, they are given an individual assignment, but continue to work in a team. Sometimes this results from understandable confusion if the instructor doesn't give clear or explicit instructions about which assignments are team assignments and which assignments are individual. Our "Millennial Generation" students are used to team work and tend to believe that all assignments are collaborative unless told otherwise; however, our academic integrity policy says exactly the opposite: "Students are expected to treat all graded academic exercises as work to be conducted privately, unless otherwise instructed." Please help your students by being very clear in your syllabus and in your assignments what level of collaboration (if any) is permitted and reinforce this verbally in the classroom from time to time.