Teaching Strategies

Cultivating Academic Integrity

Instructors often find confronting breaches of academic integrity one of the more challenging and weighty aspects of their work. Any number of factors can contribute to the fraught nature of these interactions: realizing a student violated academic integrity is often personally painful and fractures the trust instructors value and work hard to develop with their students; reporting violations is a point where implicit bias can infect teaching; faculty may worry about the character of graduating students entering the professional world; and faculty may not always completely understand or agree with institutional norms and processes for redressing academic dishonesty. Given that students also do not always completely understand academic integrity expectations, instances of academic dishonesty can be especially thorny and frustrating. 

Despite the fraught nature of this teaching challenge, there are steps instructors can take to effectively build a culture of academic integrity in their classrooms and to address academic dishonesty when it occurs. Before considering strategies that can minimize instances of academic dishonesty, the next page will review conceptions of academic dishonesty, highlighting both areas of general consensus and points of controversy and flexibility.


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