Preventing Academic Misconduct

There are many practices faculty can utilize to help students avoid incidents of academic misconduct including the following:

  • Design a smaller project/paper at the beginning of the semester that you keep until the semester is over. This will help you see how your students have improved and give you a benchmark of what the student is capable of doing.
  • Design assignments so students are forced to read assigned texts.
  • Give different assignments for each semester and/or to different sections of a class.
  • Require absent students to take a different version of an exam.
  • Require students to personally hand in assignments. During exam periods for larger lecture classes, students may be required to show identification to prevent another student from taking the exam for them.
  • For classrooms that do not have extra space for students to distance themselves, use more than one version of the exam.
  • Construct writing assignments that are not generic; ask students to connect subject to their own experiences or to specific and relevant class materials.
  • Establish a format for all work and citations.
  • Require students to turn in photocopies of sources or materials cited. This can save faculty time looking up the sources.
  • Require topics or proposals to be approved in advance of completion and final turn-in of projects/papers.

Worried about creating or re-creating exams or quizzes? Rearranging questions or changing provided information will prevent students who simply try to memorize a set of answers.