Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity

 


 

As researchers and practitioners of academic integrity, we often find ourselves in a reactionary position, redressing situations that severely impact courses, institutions, and morale. Research on proactive efforts is essential in redefining what is possible in policy and efforts to improve practice. Measures to address these inclusively are especially significant. Academic communities are more diverse than ever, and comprehensive policies that consider learning differences, cultural values, and universal design still need to be improved. Intellectual integrity demands inclusive practice.

Dr. Mary Davis, who is in the unique position of studying inclusivity in academic integrity, conducted a study while actively informing the change she hopes to see on her campus. 

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En un estudio1 de 2019, realizado por profesores de la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, se indicaba que uno de los temas que aparecen repetidos, en estudios sobre integridad académica, es la desvinculación moral. Ese creo que es una de las principales causas intrínsecas de actos de deshonestidad académica. Y lo vincularía con el concepto de Arendt sobre la “banalidad del mal”, entendido como la falta de reflexión sobre las consecuencias de nuestros actos. Claro, ese concepto surge ante grandes atentados contra la humanidad, pero el sentido de fondo de relativizar el mal con base a argumentos como la obediencia o simplemente la ausencia de reflexión sobre las consecuencias de nuestros actos, es lo que creo rescatable en esta entrada.

En conversaciones co...

Uno de los consejos más importantes que he recibido fue crear un ambiente de integridad en el salón y que no sean solo los esfuerzos de la universidad los que se encarguen de promoverla. Al igual que muchas personas, al inicio de cada semestre explico el contenido de la clase, las políticas y lo que se espera de cada estudiante. Claro que mencionaba las reglas de integridad, en particular de citas y referencias, o sobre trabajo en equipo; pero no necesariamente ahondaba en los por qué y los cómo. Después de esa conversación me aseguré de ir más allá con mis estudiantes y ahora partimos de algo más sencillo: el respeto a las ideas ajenas; si alguien más lo hizo, hay que darle crédito.

Por la naturaleza de mis clases, el plagio es el enemigo a vencer, y podría afirma...

 

Como docentes universitarios el presenciar actos de deshonestidad académica es motivo de preocupación; y, nos conlleva a reflexionar sobre el nivel de logro de las competencias disciplinares y transversales que estamos fomentando en los estudiantes. Además, de afectar directamente sobre un aspecto que es nuestra responsabilidad: la orientación del acompañamiento brindado a los jóvenes durante esta etapa formativa.

La sociedad espera que un profesional, posea un conjunto de conocimientos, habilidades y actitudes que le son útiles tanto para tomar las decisiones, como para resolver de una manera eficaz y ética, las problemáticas que le competen en su área de expertise (Gómez & Pinto, 2017). No obstante, estas características son difícilment...

En semanas pasadas tuve la oportunidad de viajar con mi equipo del Centro de Integridad de la UDEM a otra institución educativa de México para capacitar a sus profesores y directivos en el tema de integridad académica.

En principio, siempre es un gusto participar con otras universidades compartiendo sobre este tema, pero también significa una gran responsabilidad y compromiso transmitir adecuadamente el mensaje y las estrategias para fomentar una cultura de integridad en otras instituciones diferentes a la nuestra, pues si bien, existen recursos básicos que funcionan para todos por igual, existen también aquellos que cada institución debe llevar a cabo de acuerdo a su contexto y filosofía.

Para algunos, las faltas a la integridad se deben tratar con severidad y e...

I believe that one of the main motivations of those of us who are concerned about promoting academic integrity, has to do with the commitment to graduate excellent professionals from our universities, that is, technically efficient and ethically responsible people, capable of responding with moral conscience to the great challenges of our time.

Currently, one of these challenges is represented by corruption. The Corruption Perception Index 2021 of Transparency International indicates that the levels of corruption in the world have stagnated in the last 10 years, with the global average score being 43 points, where 100 is zero corruption and two thirds of the countries do not reach 50. It also indicates that in several of the countries where it has deepened, there is a deteriorat...

A global planning/advisory team co-led by Amanda McKenzie, University of Waterloo (CA) and Azalea Hulbert, University of West Virginia, US, consisting of the following members worked together over the past 8 months to coordinate plans to mark the IDoA:

 

Stephen Bunbury, University of Westminster, UK Mary Davis, Oxford Brookes University, UK Lucía del Carmen Córdova Rivera, University of Monterrey, MX Irene Glendinning, Coventry University, UK Luz Herlinda Godina Silva, University of Monterrey, MX Zeenath Khan, University of Wollongong Dubai, AE Thomas Lancaster, Imperial College London, UK ...

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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