According to The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), academic integrity is “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.”
Joins us for this years’ European Academic Integrity Week, organized by ENAI and Uppsala University. Fun Fact: Uppsala University is actually one of Urkund’s first customers. Urkund is one half of what makes Ouriginal and together with PlagScan, we are the new European voice of Plagiarism Detection Software.
At Ouriginal, we want to provide an environment in which fairness sparks personal development and enables people to strengthen their original voice. Part of that is to provide a solution that supports Academic Integrity. Additionally, there are multiple ways you as staff can contribute to protecting Academic Integrity at your institution.
Step one: Lay the Groundwork
Confirm your official practices and standards, and evaluate whether they are effectively implemented and followed. List what works, what needs to be improved and what eventually is missing. ENAI has an amazing list of self-assessment tools for institutions which is a great exercise for seeing where you stand.
Once you have assessed how Academic Integrity is followed at your institution: Talk, Discuss, Listen. A lot of research points out students cheat when they don’t feel Academic Integrity is taken seriously or has serious consequences.
As studied by a group of researches from TEQSA, there are many controllable reasons as to why students plagiarize and cheat.
However, according to the same research group from TEQSA, some students cheat and plagiarize due to psychological reasons.
A lot of these issues can be addressed by the faculty if made aware. Create a focus group, and discuss these points to discover which ones apply, which ones are working well and which should be improved. Do you offer psychological support at your institution? Is there anyone students can talk to when experiencing anxiety or stress? If students feel valued, they most certainly will value your institution too and give back by studying hard.
A great opportunity to enhance the understanding of Academic Integrity is to organise events that focus on it. Some Universities even have entire Academic Integrity weeks where students pride themselves (rightly so) for their efforts and Academic Honesty.
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