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Plagiarism Prevention and Academic Integrity

This guide covers student academic honesty with a focus on plagiarism including detection and strategies for prevention.

Plagiarism Prevention

  • Discuss academic integrity from the beginning of the course
  • Model academic integrity throughout the course- give credit for the the work and ideas of others
  • Demonstrate how collaboration works within academic integrity
  • Give clear instructions and examples about how you want students to engage with sources
  • Don’t use the same assignment quarter after quarter
  • Go through assignments in detail in both lecture and course materials
  • Create explicit guidelines for how to cite material
  • Frame those guidelines as understanding where credit is due, rather than cheating vs. not cheating
  • Give students enough time to complete the assignment
  • Be clear about each assignments' purpose
  • Provide steps along the way
  • Model how they should take notes
  • Avoid broad, open-ended topics: ask narrow questions that students can’t find the answer to online
  • Engage students in meta-thinking about how to think within their discipline, what the scholarly process looks like, and why acknowledgement matters
  • Encourage students to name and thank the people who helped them develop their ideas
  • Don’t take it personally if students plagiarize despite your careful instruction
  • Do one example for them, do one together, have them do one on their own
  • Guide students toward a research question by asking the what confused or intrigued them about the text and by modeling asking questions you don’t know the answer to
  • Rather than restating what other scholars say, have students use scholars’ ideas to support their own inquiry
  • Check in on students along the way by having them share parts of their writing process with the class
  • Reach out to struggling students early
  • Grade with a rubric that helps you identify what students’ issues are
  • Make rubrics explicit and align them with that purpose

Adapted from Beyond Plagiarism: Best Practices for the Responsible Use of Sources- Preventing Plagiarism University of Michigan

Plagiarism Prevention, advice from other colleges

OnLine Academic Dishonesty Prevention checklist, Patricia McGee