Strategies for Combatting Academic Misconduct

An Analysis of Academic Integrity Programming and Tutoring Support at Large, Public, Institutions in the United States and Canada

Topics: Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Academic Support Programs

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Academic misconduct, including student solicitation of unethical academic services (e.g., paper mills), is a detriment to any academic institution’s mission. This brief describes how six institutions combat academic misconduct and solicitation of unethical academic services on campus with proactive support and conduct sanctions. It describes student motivations for engaging in academic misconduct and profiles academic integrity programming and outreach initiatives, available tutoring and academic support services, and common resolution processes and sanctions for students who commit academic misconduct.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Proactive and visible tutoring and academic support services help prevent students from engaging in academic misconduct.

    2. Integrate academic integrity programming into new student orientation and continue programming through the academic year.

    3. Design courses and assignments to discourage academic misconduct.

    4. Integrate academic integrity programming into the classroom with online modules and frequent classroom discussions.

    5. Allow an informal resolution process between instructors and students for minor academic misconduct cases to improve metrics collection.

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