The "silent majority" of students rely upon the faculty to uphold academic integrity and to ensure that the basic principles of fairness and honesty prevail throughout the examination experience. It is the honest students who are cheated if we do not fulfill our responsibility to prevent cheating and plagiarism. One way to decrease cheating may be to explain to students the value you, your department, your college, and the university community place on academic integrity and explain why cheating is fundamentally unfair. Our office, with help from faculty across campus, created a list of suggestions that may help prevent cheating during examinations. Additionally, the article "Plagiarism: What Is It?" by David Royse, former Academic Ombud, may help prevent accidentally plagiarism.
University Senate Rule 6.4.0 describes the specific policies and procedures to administer academic offense issues. A summary of the process may be helpful to faculty. Should an instructor determine that a student has committed an academic offense, there are specific requirements for notification. Our office has template letters faculty may place on the department's letterhead and edit to make this process easier. Please email us to request template letters.