the code: How to promote academic honesty
is an excerpt of guidelines distributed at the talk sponsored
by the Teaching Resource Center. More suggestions and other workshop
materials are available from the center. Contact them at 982-2815
or trc-uva@virginia. Some
articles are on the Web site at http://trc.virginia.edu
Talk about academic integrity in class.
Include your definitions of cheating and/or plagiarism with class
rules on your syllabus and Web site (the Instructional Toolkit
has a section for adding a statement about honor at toolkit.virginia.edu).
Rewrite the honor pledge as you would like students to apply it
in particular situations and state your policies clearly, in writing.
Help students understand what constitutes plagiarism by distributing
and discussing examples of plagiarism and correct citation.
Make cheating more difficult or less appealing by incorporating
several different ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge:
break long papers or projects up into smaller segments that could
be submitted throughout the semester; have students create a paper
trail with assignments such as outlines, bibliographies and interim
Think carefully before giving any assignment, paper or exam significantly
more weight in the final grade than other course requirements.
Heavily weighted assignments can seem a particularly tempting
target for students who might want to improve their grades easily
Consider making students aware that you know how to discover papers
taken from the Internet.
Do not allow students to change paper topics close to the deadline.
For multiple choice, short answer, problem sets or other quasi-standardized
tests, devise multiple versions with questions in different orders.
Spell out the consequences of cheating.
Make course requirements challenging but not overwhelming.