ICAI member institutions are invited to participate in the largest student survey of academic integrity in the world.

The survey includes items designed to help faculty and administrators improve the academic integrity culture on our campuses and online.

Determine rates of academic misconduct
Assess the climate of integrity
Understand student perspectives

Implement the survey on your campus and

  • Gain actionable information straight from your students
  • Compare your institution with other similar schools
  • Set a baseline for evaluating future changes

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Background
In the early 1990s, Dr. Donald McCabe, of Rutgers University, conducted scholarly and assessment research into academic dishonesty. He surveyed students and faculty about their attitudes toward and actions regarding misconduct such as cheating, plagiarism, and unauthorized collaboration. This work was a major influence on the scholarly literature about academic integrity and was of great use to the dozens of institutions that collaborated with Dr. McCabe to conduct assessments.


When he retired, Dr. McCabe, charged the International Center for Academic Integrity, the organization he helped to found, with continuing his research project. To that end and with the legacy of Dr. McCabe, who died in 2016, in mind, a group of scholars and practitioners led by ICAI President Emeritus David Rettinger was formed to revise and reimagine the McCabe survey.

The group was charged with updating the survey to ensure that the data collected is useful for both scholars for research and institutions for assessment. These revisions were made in consultation with the literature, leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of academic integrity and institutional assessment. Beyond this core group, ICAI members from diverse institutions around the world have participated in revising this survey and provided valuable feedback.

The Team

The Instrument
Using McCabe’s original study as a basis, the research team is creating an instrument with twin goals: first, the measures contained there will be validated, reliable, and available to scholars for research within the field. Second, the data we collect will be useful as an assessment tool for individual institutions and for policymakers at the state and national levels.

This survey is designed to assess students’ academic integrity behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs. It will include: a detailed inventory of academic misconduct behavior; a scale assessing students’ perspectives of their campus’ climate of integrity including policies, faculty behavior, and the overall atmosphere; measures of attitudes toward school and academic dishonesty that have emerged from the literature; and demographics.

Following a validation study in 2020, institutions have been invited to participate in administering the final instrument during 2021. A national survey will be conducted, creating a benchmark for both national assessments and the opportunity for each institution to compare itself to the national sample and relevant groups of peer institutions. These data will also be securely stored for future use by institutions as part of their longitudinal assessments of academic integrity.