Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

Recently I’ve become fascinated by what appears to be a rapidly growing industry operating alongside the Contract Cheating industry on the outskirts of formal education - “Editors-for-Hire”. The Editors-for-Hire industry serves undergraduate and graduate students who decide to outsource the work of editing their term papers, honors theses, masters theses and doctoral dissertations.

I’m not a writing expert (if you are and would like to write on this topic, please let me know!), but my educationa...

This week and next, many of us around the world celebrate holidays, as well as several endings and beginnings, most notably the ending of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. In honor of these celebrations (and hopefully some time off!), the Integrity Matters Blog will be on hiatus this week and next. We will return with a new post on January 7th, 2019.

I did, however, want to take this moment to thank you for reading the first term of ICAI's Integrity Matters Blog. The Blog is part of the new ICAI, which is an independent...

Editors Note: Although this post is based on American law, I argue the post has international implications because the legal principles that Christian presents reflect ICAI’s own fundamental values - fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect and honesty. While each institution must follow the laws and requirements of its own country when implementing their policy, ensuring that the fundamental values are reflected in Policy would generally be considered as good practice.

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In this third edition of Academic Integrity Policy, I will discuss the due process that should be afforded to students going through a violation allegation process, and then the “standards of ...

I am writing this blog post as I sit in a hotel in Budva, Montenegro attending a meeting sponsored by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. I was invited as an academic integrity expert by the Council of Europe to speak at a meeting organized for Montenegro universities so they could learn about and discuss how they can strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education. Based on what I’ve learned thus far about the efforts over here, I decided that the Council of Europe’s program and Montenegro’s efforts on academic integrity deserved a spotlight post in this blog.

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At the University of California, San Diego, we try to honor and celebrate integrity. We do this in an attempt to counter the often negative way in which people approach academic integrity (as if it WERE cheating instead of the OPPOSITE of cheating). There are two main public ways in which we do this: 1) an annual Integrity Awards Ceremony held every April in which we celebrate "integrity champions" among our faculty, staff, students and alumni; and 2) an annual "Excel with Integrity" Contest in which students submit art (written, video, song, visual) to explain how or why they excel with integrity or why excelling with integrity is so important.

There are many winning entries displayed on our ...

Editor's Note: in honor of our international status, ICAI is committed to publishing blog posts in languages other than English. 

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Cuando en el 2011 fui por primera vez a un congreso organizado por el Centro Internacional de integridad académica (ICAI, por sus siglas en inglés), en Toronto, Canadá y escuchaba a algunos de los pioneros en el tema en el mundo (Donald McCabe, “padre” de la integridad académica; Tricia Bertram Gallant; líder académica del movimiento de integridad académica y creadora de este blog; Tracey Bretag, investigadora australiana y gran entusiasta del tema), jamás imaginé que siete años después no solo habría podido materializar el sueño de cre...

The ICAI Annual Conference is less than 120 days away (March 8-10, 2019).  We have extended the early bird registration deadline until Nov. 21, 2018. 

Here are few updates about the conference.

1 – Approximately 80 proposals were submitted for workshops, presentations, and poster sessions.  The conference allows us to learn from each other. These presentations will be high quality for you to explore research in academic integrity, see best practices, and have open dialogue about academic integrity concerns or highlights at your institution.

2 - Lewis Simms will be one of our conference keyno...

AUTHORSHIP NOTE: This piece was co-authored by Dr. James Orr and Dr. Jessica Beckett. Dr. Beckett is the Director of the Harvey Knowledge Center at Radford University

A twenty-first century education is mediated by technology in countless ways. Students engage with user interfaces to complete and submit assignments, universities use predictive analytics to support students and increase retention, and software provides students with tutorials, adaptive testing, and machine-enhanced learning. On the other hand, software also exists to facilitate and detect cheating and the use of such software has grown exponentially. For example, ...

Two weeks ago, I talked about the Bystander effect and how it contributes to the spread of cheating and contract cheating. This week, I’d like to spotlight what we are doing at UC San Diego to train people to stand up and speak out for integrity.

Our Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) was developed by adapting training to prevent sexual assault and by incorporating understandings from the ethical decision-...

We achieved some small wins on our 3rd international day of action against contract cheating providers. We had our largest number of registered institutions since we started the DOA in 2016 - 88 institutions in total. And these participants were global - located in Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and the UK. We reached thousands of users and made thousands of impressions on the DOA with the #defeatthecheat and #excelwithintegrity hashtags. 800 people signed our first ever Pledge Against Contract Cheating (thanks to Turnitin’s collaboration)...