White Paper
Building a Culture of Academic Integrity

Building a Culture of Academic Integrity

Learn how to lead an integrity movement on your campus. This white paper gives you a step-by-step to follow as well as strategies to incorporate ethics into your curriculum.

Ethics in Education

As much as we hate to admit it, cheating goes hand-in-hand with the stressful, competitive environment of higher education. It happens everywhere from community colleges to the Ivy League. If you think your campus is immune from academic dishonesty, think again.

But you can do more than despair.

Instead of working to eliminate cheating, colleges and universities can instead focus their efforts on building cultures of integrity. These campus environments organically discourage academic dishonesty and allow schools to harness the learning opportunities in cheating incidents.

In the white paper Building a Culture of Academic Integrity, Tricia Bertram Gallant, Ph.D., academic integrity coordinator at the University of California, San Diego, helps you reframe your attitude toward cheating so that you—and your school—can view it as an opportunity for education and organizational change and not as a sign of failure. Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Conduct a self-assessment of ethical learning opportunities on campus
  • Analyze and articulate your school’s approach to student cheating
  • Craft strategies for sustaining, enhancing, or changing your organization’s approach to academic dishonesty
  • Recognize opportunities for helping students learn from ethical failures, such as cheating and plagiarism
  • Identify campus colleagues who should be involved in an academic integrity initiative
  • Leverage student cheating as a stimulus for campus-wide prioritization of ethics and integrity
  • Build a coalition of those stakeholders who have an interest in enhancing ethics and integrity on campus

Ethical failures in higher education continue to make headlines. The Internet and other technology make it easier and easier for students to borrow ideas or to access information aids inappropriately. Give professors and administrators real tools and strategies—not simply punishments—that can effectively change student behavior and develop academic and professional ethics.

Building a Culture of Academic Integrity is an essential, informative resource for student affairs professionals, faculty, academic leaders (including divisional deans, department chairs, and provosts), and presidents or chancellors.

The bottom line is that students cheat. That won’t change. But you can turn it into a learning opportunity with the right attitude and approach.

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