Integrity Matters

An ICAI Blog providing the latest insights about academic integrity



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...

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

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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...