Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

As students at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), we understand academy integrity as being honest with one's academic tasks. It involves consciously promoting the value in the learning community through awareness drives. The American University of Nigeria has different ways of sensitizing students about academic integrity.

At the beginning of each semester, during orientation week, new students spend time with student volunteers who help them prepare mentally for the expectations of college life. They speak about writing across the curriculum, mandatory writing classes and the written components in each discipline. The new students learn that in a liberal arts institution like ours, communication is essential and that transitioning from high school to university comes wit...

The recent legislative moves concerning exam cheating in the United Arab Emirates and India, namely Federal Decree by Law No. (33) 2023 and Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill respectively, stand as beacons signalling a concerted effort to combat cheating in examinations, yet beneath their seemingly stringent façade lies a complex web of proactive, positive motives and potential ramifications, particularly for stakeholders beyond student communities.

UAE exam law
As an educator for 20+ years in the UAE, a resident of the country for four decades, and a parent, my attention is drawn to the UAE exam law of...

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Canadian National Consortium and what an anniversary it was...complete with Commemorative Cookies! The Canadian Consortium (also known as ICAI-Canada) board members were thrilled to welcome almost 60 people. Those that were part of the day hailed from every province except P.E.I. and our Territories.

Canadians talked about many current Canadian academic integrity issues. Specifically, we shared our bright spots/successes, challenges, events/engagements, policies/procedures, and work in progress. We learned that PUPP webinars occur every month and a half and can be listened to in both official languages (French & English). People from some organizations are noting that there is more discussion about equity, diversity, inclusion, an...

What an amazing time we had in Calgary last week for our 32nd Annual International Center for Academic Integrity Conference. We missed those who weren’t able to attend, but we wanted to make sure to share the highlights of the conference.

Thursday brought some together for three different pre-conference sessions presented by Martine Peters, Cory Scurr, and Christian Moriarty. The day also provided time for some of the ICAI regional consortia to meet together, including a celebration of the 10 year anniversary for the Canadian Consortia.

The conference officially kicked off on Friday. We began our time in Calgary with a land acknowledgement and a blessing from Issu Diane Meguinis, born and raised at Tsuut’ina, Dene peoples who migrated from the Northern Territory of t...

Amid the multifaceted responsibilities inherent in the faculty role, faculty with instructional responsibilities face the challenge of making sustainable teaching choices that uphold academic integrity. This ethical foundation is not only integral to our professional responsibilities but plays a pivotal role in shaping the success and learning trajectory of our students, both within and beyond the classroom.

As outlined in the International Center for Academic Integrity’s own Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, academic integrity is underpinned by six core values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. These values not only serve as the bedrock for upholding academic standards but also contribute signifi...

Over 250 researchers, teachers, practitioners, and students plan to head to Calgary in the coming days for the upcoming conference! ICAI would not be ICAI without our annual conference, and this year’s agenda is packed with sessions and events that will not disappoint. Our Canadian ICAI members have worked extremely hard in preparation for this conference to offer some unique experiences that we cannot wait to share with you. Here is a list of some of the highlights we have planned:

Traditional Knowledge Keeper
To begin the conference, we are thankful that a Traditional Knowledge Keeper/Elder from the Tsuut’ina Nation has agreed to welcome everyone to Treaty 7 territory. This will likely include a short speech and traditional Indigeno...

On February 23rd, the International Center for Academic Integrity and the National College Testing Association co-hosted me in delivering a webinar on the critical roles that testing and academic integrity professionals will play in the future of assessment in the GenAI era. In the webinar, I suggested that higher education institutions leverage this opportunity of GenAI to rethink both what teaching, learning and assessment look like, and the role that faculty versus professionals play in ensuring integrity in those processes.

There were a lot of questions raised during the webinar that I did not have time to address. So, I am grouping them here according to theme and then answering them in hopes of furthering the conversation beyond just those who attended the webinar live....

Claudine Gay’s recent resignation as Harvard’s president has shed light on the fundamental problem with many institutions’ plagiarism policies and perceptions—they focus more on cheating than on learning. This underscores the need to revise how we view and respond to plagiarism by prioritizing learning, attending to the complexities of rhetorical expectations, and making room for the writing process.

The complaints about Gay’s writing identify instances of plagiarism—particularly passages that don’t meet Harvard’s expectations about quoting or paraphrasing. If Gay had turned in this work as a Harvard student, ...

Attending international academic events nourishes students, especially in our disciplines and helps us to broaden our perspectives and networks. However, when we get the chance to take an active part in such events and have the chance to be heard, it not only boosts our confidence but also our motivation. That was one of the reasons why so many of us were eager to take part in the International Day of Action for Academic Integrity (IDoA). Our IDoA Student Working Group came together to discuss and generate a mindmap and an infographic about the ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Another reason for our enthusiasm was involvement in the International Center for Academic Integrity (IC...

Where does Artificial intelligence (AI) belong in student life? The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) tasked our small group of students from around the globe with tackling this question. Although far from experts, we each had experiences with this challenge of ethically integrating AI into academic life that prompted our interest in joining this discussion.

The diversity of our group was our strength, with members from Canada, Nigeria, and Türkiye, to name a few. We held frequent meetings to collaborate our thoughts and experiences with AI in our academic journeys, realizing several interesting points that united us despite different geographic contexts.

Recognizing the value of these insights, as the International Day of Action Student Working Group, ...