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2-Minute Mentor: Other Academic Misconduct

Other academic misconduct

  • What forms of academic misconduct might I encounter?
  • How should I react to them?
  • What impact does misconduct have on the learning environment?

 

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Ways to promote academic integrity

McKeachie & Svinicki (2010) suggest the following as ways to promote academic integrity:

  • Reduce the pressure by providing several opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, rather than giving only one or two exams. Keep students informed of their progress throughout the semester.
  • Make reasonable demands and write reasonable and interesting tests. If students are frustrated and become desperate with an assignment that’s too long or a test that focuses on the trivial, they may be more tempted to cheat.
  • Develop group norms that support honesty. Even discussing academic honesty in class helps students recognize its value.
  • Preserve each student’s sense that he or she is an individual with a personal relationship with the instructor and other students. Dishonesty is less likely to occur if students feel that teachers and other students know them, as opposed to if they feel alienated and anonymous.
  • When you’re giving a test, if a student has wandering eyes, ask the student to move to a different seat where he or she will be less crowded. McKeachie writes, “If he says he’s not crowded, I simply whisper that I’d prefer that he move. So far no one’s refused” (2010).

References:

"Driven to Distraction." Tomorrow's Professor.

McKeachie, W.J. & Svinicki, M.D. (2011). McKeachies’teaching tips: Strategies, research and theory for college and university teachers,,13th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

 

The following links provide more information related to other academic misconduct:

The Student Concern Review Team (SCRT) assists University of Kansas students, faculty and staff who have concerns about a specific student's behavior and don't know where to turn.

CTE’s Keys to Civility.

KU Policies and Procedures can be found at http://cte.ku.edu/ku-policies-procedures.


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