Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

October 19 2022 marks the International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, an event organised by ICAI which is running for the 7th time. I first wrote about and presented on contract cheating in 2006. Even though I’m always pleased to see the continual interest in this area and the many great initiatives that are being used to tackle contract cheating, it’s also a shame that this type of academic misconduct is still so prevalent.

As I often argue in talks and academic research, we need to address contract cheating in multiple ways. Awareness raising and work with students is of vital importance. I’ve done a lot of work myself on making assessment engaging for students and in looking for opportunities to make contract cheating less valuable to students. We ...

The McCabe-ICAI Faculty Survey team is proud to announce that the revised faculty survey is ready to begin pilot testing! As a core group of committed ICAI members, we convened after the Portland conference in spring 2020 and were ultimately charged with updating McCabe’s original survey instrument to ensure data collected would remain useful for both scholars to use in research and for institutions to use in assessment. Beyond this initial core group, ICAI members from institutions around the world have helped revise our instrument and provided valuable feedback. 

Our revised instrument was first introduced at the ICAI virtual conference in spring 2021, with an update given in spring 2022. Both sessions included extensive participant interaction and feedback, which resul...

In educating stakeholders about academic integrity and implementing strategies to prevent academic misconduct, those working in higher education can take a proactive, positive, educative, and supportive approach. Academic misconduct will still occur, however, requiring the careful identification of potential academic misconduct and administration of related procedures and policies.

What can and should be done when patterns of misconduct are observed in a particular class or assessment (Rogerson, 2017), and by whom? Are there ways in which the roles of those working in colleges and universities are interrelated in regards to academic integrity, and could provide the basis for beneficial partnerships (Ellis et al., 2022)?

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En mis clases, las evaluaciones son ese elemento que siempre está en proceso de construcción, reconstrucción y destrucción. El ¿qué espero del aprendizaje en mis clases?, se mezcla con la más prosaica, ¿cuántas personas están inscritas en la clase? Un equilibrio donde a veces ese deseo cualitativo con dejo formativo se vuelve impracticable. Antes del inicio de cada semestre me siento frente a la computadora con la duda existencial de si mis herramientas de evaluación ofrecen lo necesario, de cuántas evaluaciones por semestre necesito, sobre qué tipo de evaluaciones son más adecuadas, y la más grave de todas: ¿examinar o no examinar? También ronda en mi cabeza esa idea de “este semestre voy a dejarlas igual” que siempre termina abandonada. Los cambios obedecían a un...

Integrity: the path to excellence will be the central theme of the 10th Conference for Academic Integrity on September 29th and 30th. Professors, students and administrators of educational institutions for secondary and higher education around the world will share experiences and strategies to promote academic integrity within the framework of the tenth anniversary of this event.

Universidad de Monterrey in collaboration with Universidad EAFIT from Colombia, Universidad Panamericana, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Tecnológico de Monterrey and endorsed by the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) will hold this conference with the participation of speakers from Mexico...

Managing student academic misconduct cases can be challenging and frustrating for practitioners and faculty alike, and case resolution may come to an impasse with a student for no clear reason. When these issues arise, we often rely on mediation techniques from other disciplines. Neuroscience may be used to assist in mediation and is transferrable to the management of academic integrity cases. When practitioners and faculty approach academic misconduct with an open mind, they may find they resolve cases with understanding. The SCARF Model* and the Ladder of Inference** are two such theories.

The SCARF Model was popularized by David Rock in 2008. Rock argues that peop...

It was early in the Spring 2021 semester; COVID was raging across the United States, and most of us were working from home. As a remote worker (Assistant Director of the Office of Academic Integrity at the University at Buffalo), I regularly spoke to my Director and two graduate assistants, but as time went on, we were curious about what was happening out there on virtual college campuses in our region and across the world. We were also disheartened that no conferences would be in person, and we hadn’t seen our colleagues since the ICAI conference in Portland, Oregon in March 2020 (one week prior to the world shutting down). Within this context, we reached out to a few academic integrity connections in our home state of New York – would they be interested in meeting for a Zoom call?...

At the beginning of this semester, I went to a program orientation for new doctoral students at my university to speak about the university’s academic honesty policy. I had a rich discussion with the students about different cheating scenarios based on those that occurred at our institution, including the complexities of prohibited and permitted conduct. Upon concluding my presentation, I thought it went really well, and I was satisfied.

After the presentation, I was invited to have lunch with all students and the present faculty. As I stood in line with some students to grab lunch from the buffet, I began a conversation with two of them. They thanked me for the presentation and told me that now they are scared enough to be careful. I was a little surprised by this response. I...

Networking consortia within the ICAI connect people interested in academic integrity. “This networking activity stimulates the academic integrity movement in focused areas, while also enhancing the global movement.” The revitalization of Southeast region over the last three years began with assistance from institutions in Georgia and Florida, but the new initiatives from the Southeast Consortium hope to expand the group across the entire Southeast. One of these initiatives are the monthly Academic Integri-TEA Talks.

Southeast consortium members can grab their coffee or sweet tea and meet with other faculty and practitioners to talk collaboratively about issues they are facing in their classes and across their...

As many of us ready ourselves for the fall semester in the coming weeks, faculty are designing syllabi and students are anxiously mapping out daily schedules. Meanwhile, academic integrity practitioners are … wrapping up summer misconduct cases waiting for the fall breaches to roll in.

Instead of dwelling on the number of incoming cases, I am choosing to focus on the goals my office has to educate students on campus. Using the GOST method that my spouse uses to teach his students, I am creating goals for outreach. GOST breaks down goals into objectives, strategies, and tactics. Starting with the goal, this overarching, high-level conce...