Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

Plagiarism remains at the forefront of academic misconduct and academic integrity conversations. Unfortunately, the behavior is often described differently by institution and discipline. With so many policies on plagiarism, it can be challenging to find resources that best address the behaviors. Over the last year, I have worked with incredible authors, including ICAI members and scholars Courtney Cullen, Sarah Elaine Eaton, Jen Simonds, and Salim Razi. These and several other authors helped develop a student success resource, offering standard definitions of academic integrity and various forms of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism. The objective was simple: to work together to create a definition and guidance that capture misconduct more universally while supporting student succe...

In thinking about your policy, some questions may come to mind:

When was your academic misconduct policy last revised? Who was involved in the revision process? How many stages of reviewing took place? What new elements were introduced that were not previously considered in the earlier version? Were the changes related to process? Were they focused on updating language to make it more accessible? Were they to modernize the policy? How often should we review academic misconduct policies? What makes for revisions that are well informed? What makes for revisions that are well received by the campus community? How do you create buy-in from stakeholders when considering revision...

The recent unprovoked invasion by Russia into Ukraine has caused members of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) to take a moment to reflect on the work that our Ukrainian colleagues have been doing to enhance the culture of integrity within their institutions and communities. 

Through workshops and webinars across Ukraine, members of ICAI have spent the past several years in collaboration with the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance in Ukraine to educate leaders about integrity within the institution of higher education as well as their communities. Many discussions have revolved around the six fundamental values of academic integrity (and integrity in general): honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.  It is...

Imagine yourself outside, in the summer, tending to your garden. You may be pruning back a rose bush, rotating the soil, adding fertilizer, planting seeds, or watering. You tend to each plant with the specific type of care, soil and water levels it needs. You perhaps even enjoy a casual conversation with your favorite plant, spending a bit of extra time with it.

You do this because you know that flowers can’t bloom and plants can’t grow without essential elements. You might even do this because you enjoy seeing things come to life, grow and flourish. Perhaps you do it because gardening provides you with a working meditation, and while you’re cultivating the garden, you are cultivating your mind.

Academic Integrity is not dissimilar to our garden plants. It requires...

In the last few years, academic integrity and misconduct have become hot topics at colleges and universities around the world. There has been coverage in the academic industry press and the broader media including the New York Times, Financial Times, and major US network news. ICAI remains at the forefront of research and practice in academic integrity and as part of our mission, we have developed the most comprehensive survey on academic integrity available for students.

As described on this blog in August, the survey is an updated version of the seminal work by ICAI founder Dr. Donald McCabe and the revision continues to bear his name and influence. It contains sections on key variables that will be of interest to both researchers and institutions like:...

Mark your calendars ... February 19 is Plagiarism Prevention Day! Promoting behaviors that can help to prevent plagiarism through both pedagogy and student support are cornerstones of academic integrity. But defining plagiarism and its importance can be a challenge.

Plagiarism has many formal definitions. Almost every institutional academic integrity and research misconduct policy contain separate definitions that range in length and specificity. At its core, plagiarism is a failure to provide credit to the creator of a piece of work. What many definitions lack, however, is an understanding about why attribution truly matters. Curtis Newbold (2016), the Visual Communication Guy, provides a ...

I recently came across the term “integrity sciences”, which as it applies to the field of academic integrity, appears to have been coined by Dr. Michelle Bergadaà, Professor Emerita of the Université de Genève and founder and President of the Institute for Research and Action on Fraud and Plagiarism in Academia / Institut de Recherche et d’Action sur la Fraude et le Plagiat Académiques (IRAFPA).

Dr. Bergadaà hosted a conference in 2020 on the topic of integrity sciences and in 2021, publ...

Hace algunos años, tuve la oportunidad de realizar mis prácticas profesionales en un colegio primaria como maestra de apoyo. En esa ocasión me asignaron un grupo en donde los alumnos tenían entre 6 y 7 años. Recuerdo especialmente a un alumno, pues era muy inteligente, tenaz y a su corta edad no se le dificultaba tomar decisiones; el problema era que su comportamiento no era el correcto. Si algo no le parecía, se molestaba, gritaba, pegaba. Hubo una ocasión en que fue tanto su enojo que rompió una ventana haciendo daño a la maestra titular.

Durante el recreo, sus compañeros se alejaban de él, seguramente por el miedo a sus reacciones. En una ocasión hablé con la maestra titular y le pregunté si los papás de este alumno tenían conocimiento de lo que ocurría en el...

Recently, I was reading a dissertation, “Cheating from a Distance: An Examination of Academic Dishonesty Among University Students,” by Timothy K. Daty from the University of New Haven. While interesting for multiple reasons, including its analysis of online vs. in-person cheating in a post-Covid-19 world, I kept coming back to one quote: “A student’s academic record can also impact student disciplinary hearings. More precisely, a student’s grade point average can have a pronounced influence on university sanctioning. When undergoing formal hearings concerning alleged academic dishonesty, students with lower academic achievement appear to have a higher incidence of guilty verdicts” (Larwood & Rankin, 201...

As 2022 begins, many people are quoting Taylor Swift when they say they are "feeling '22'". However, just because we are hoping for a great start to the new year, or even just a better year than the one before, these hopes will likely go unrealized if we fail to put in the work. We need smart goals and resolutions to model integrity in our classrooms and campuses? Try adapting some of these:

Immerse yourself in educational integrity.

Join the International Center for Academic Integrity as a member to gain access to resources and materials to promote integrity on your campus. Not sure where to start? Perhaps the McCabe-ICAI Academic Integ...