Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

Once again this year, Deree-The American College of Greece participated in the activities on the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. A number of organizations and academic societies contributed in various exciting and interactive ways.

The Economic Society presented an interactive installation, "Hercules: Vice or Virtue," the English Society attracted students to “Create Your Own Title" for novels, The International Honors Program participated with a poster and video, the Management Information Systems Society invited students to make pledges, and the Student Academic Support Services came up with the installation "Grades do not grow on Trees."

The event took place on Wednesday October 20 at the main corridor, and it attracted the attention of more t...

One widespread practice found on college campuses to lure students into purchasing custom prepared papers for a fee is people handing out business cards. This constitutes a serious breach of academic integrity. This also happens at Deree – The American College of Greece, located in Athens, an institution offering undergraduate degrees, with English as the language of instruction.

This had an effect on me both as a student and as part of the ACG’s Student Academic Support Services (SASS).

Similar to other institutions, Deree offers personalized assistance to its students through individual or group peer tutoring sessions. Learning facilitators such as myself aim to help fellow students produce quality academic work that is of their own by fostering the development of ...

The English Department at Deree – The American College of Greece may be small, compared to other departments, but it is making a significant contribution to the conversation on academic integrity taking place on campus. Here’s our thoughts, on the one hand from a professor and on the other from a student:

As professor in this department, I was impressed upon reading in an email from the English Society on the upcoming elections for the governing body (GB) that the Constitution was amended to include as a new “eligibility criterion for election to the Governing Body: no breaches of Academic Integrity!” This amendment showcases the importance of students participating in this conversation on academic integrity, exchanging the language of policy voiced by professors with a ...

COVID as catalyst.

I heard this phrase at the virtual ICAI conference in March. It is an inspiring motto for educators in the midst of this pandemic moment.

The COVID-era has highlighted issues that significantly threaten our institutions, such as inequities in the remote-testing industry’s artificial intelligence and the rampant issue of contract cheating. As a result, there are important discussions in institutions around the world that should, in theory, effect lasting positive change in teaching, learning,...

IDOA Student Committee’s Jeopardy on Contract Cheating

A review and helpful guide to using the game

By ENAI Gamification Group Members

Zeenath Reza Khan

Sonja Bjelobaba

Shivadas Sivasubramanian

William Bülow

Lorna Waddington

Dita Henek Dlabolová

Jarret Dyer

Laura Ribeiro

Sandra F. Gomes

Mike Reddy

Salim Razi

European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) is a network whose purpose is to support higher education institutions to work together in the field of academic integrity. It was set up by 12 European universities as a Erasmus+ funded project in 2017 and has grown to be a glob...

Ubuntu, the South African practice valuing collective humanity has been on my mind a lot these days. A 2020 article linking the practice to academic integrity really resonates with me. The authors describe the value in the Zimbawean context as "responsibility, honesty, justice, trustworthiness, hard work, integrity, a cooperative spirit, solidarity and devotion to family and the welfare of the community". The authors surmise that the common phrasing of the term translated to mean “You are because I am, and I am because we are” is an important educational perspective when considering preventi...

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Lessons from TikTok on Academic Integrity 

I recently came across a retweet by Thomas Lancaster, an academic integrity expert perhaps best known for his work on contract cheating. The tweet contained a TikTok video that depicts a typical example of the practice, a parent writing a paper for a student who felt they could not submit an assignment on time. The short clip shares what so many of us know. That all too often, a simple message or request for help turns into academic misconduct. Though problematic for this audience, the message is meant to be funny and poignant, a retort to what the student felt was an unaccommodating professor.  

The creativity in Ti...

In 2016 when we organized the International Conference for Academic Integrity – Middle East Chapter in collaboration with the International Center for Academic Integrity and Clemson University, little did we know how the concluding conversation at the conference would propel us towards ultimately setting up a centre, let alone one that would bring together such a diverse group of passionate, like-minded academics and students to lead the integrity agenda.

During the course of organizing the conference for 2016, twice we found ourselves deciding whether to cancel it or not as there simply weren’t enough submissions coming through from academics within the country....

Have you ever thought about what are the benefits of integrity?

We constantly hear in the news about acts of corruption that affect companies, communities and society as a whole. These cases, due to the negative effects they cause at the economic and social level, are judged as undesirable and need to be stopped.

The solutions have come from different sectors, however, most have focused on the educational field, considering that educational institutions have a greater responsibility in forming people with values and ethical principles who do not commit these acts of corruption. The result of this effort has been the creation of several programs that promote academic integrity within schools and universities.

The efficiency of these programs has not yet been fully...

Durante años he escuchado una duda continua entre mis estudiantes: cómo incluir la voz propia en sus trabajos. Una duda que no me resulta extraña porque también la he experimentado. Buscando opciones para ayudarles, más allá de repetirles lo valioso de los ensayos de argumentación como ejercicio, recordé algo que suelo hacer con una finalidad distinta, pero que podía funcionar. En los borradores de mis investigaciones acostumbro utilizar diferentes colores en las fuentes, para identificar su origen. Me ha ayudado para que en lo que redacto haya inclusión de perspectivas, tanto por género, como por la geografía donde se originan. Lo que inició con mis citas y referencias se volvió en la estrategia que mejores resultados me ha dado para ayudar a mis estudiantes para identifi...