Academic Integrity

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How can I promote academic integrity within my course?

  • Include an academic integrity statement in your outline. Discuss the expectations and consequences with the class. Make sure students understand what kind of collaboration is acceptable in the course (IE, peer review of drafts).
  • Work with Tompkins Cortland library services to help students develop information literacy. Librarians can provide training on using and evaluating sources, as well as citing work.
  • Ensure that students have opportunities to practice skills, develop knowledge, and receive some feedback on their performance before giving high stakes assignments or tests.
  • Break down larger assignments into smaller tasks with intermediate deadlines. For example, before the final paper is due, require submission, or check on progress, of topic and thesis statements, outline, list of sources, and drafts/revisions. Alternatively, ask students to attach notes and drafts to their finished work. Perhaps require an oral presentation to you or the class on the research topic.
  • Use authentic questions that have relevance to student’s lives, connect to current events, and stress creativity and higher level thinking skills. When using common literary works, consider focusing on specific passages or details from the text.

Are there college resources to help prevent plagiarism?

  • SafeAssign is a system that can identify unoriginal material in research papers and other student work. While it is an effective tool in verifying incidents of plagiarism, SafeAssign has also proved to be a deterrent. SafeAssign is integrated into our online Learning Management System, Blackboard. Each CollegeNow course has a shell within Blackboard that is freely available for instructors to use with their class. Our Blackboard webpage has additional information to help you get started with Blackboard and our Campus Technology department can provide technical assistance. Refer to Get Help with SafeAssign to learn more about  how it works and how to use it. 
  • Our librarians are available to provide instruction to you or your class on plagiarism, as well as locating, evaluating, and using information sources; some lessons are already available online.
  • Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences has developed an online tutorial and quiz to help students understand plagiarism, as well as how to use and cite sources.
  • Though not specifically about plagiarism, the Tompkins Cortland library has a wealth of resources to assist with research assignments, including citation guides and course-specific research guides (contact the library to tailor a guide to your class).