Promoting Academic Integrity
The beginning of the semester is always a great time to help students
understand acceptable academic behaviors at Ferris. Possible strategies
for promoting Academic Integrity
include the following:
- Take extra time to clearly explain and define what plagiarism and cheating are. This
eliminates students’ excuses of
I didn’t know that!
- Be clear about not accepting academic misconduct in your course.
- Explain and refer to Ferris’ policies on academic misconduct. Refer
students to the Code of Student Community Standards on-line. They can
find it on the Ferris’
- Provide information through handouts, brochures, bookmarks, or websites
which will help students better understand properly quoting,
paraphrasing, and summarizing
information from sources. This should include methods and/or
references for citing the sources.
- Remind students during intense times of the semester (i.e. mid-terms,
project completion, finals) that academic misconduct will result in some
- Make sure that your syllabus (or possible syllabus amendment) makes a
clear statement of what possible penalties for violations you and/or
your department enacts
if a student is found responsible for academic misconduct.
Worried about creating or re-creating plagiarism brochures? Visit the Writing Center and browse through their helpful links.