Academic integrity is “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action” (ICAI).
In theory, these are values that all educators try to live up to. However, the reality is quite daunting, especially as the challenges to academic integrity are always developing. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 that forced educational institutions to go online made it clear the academy had vulnerabilities to contract cheating (e.g. Chegg, Course Hero) and inequities in the remote-testing. These two issues were, and continue to be, significant threats to our mission as educators (1).
One significant way instructors were able to increase academic integrity was by striving to increase the visibility of equity and inclusion, including during exams. This meant that, regardless of their teaching & learning environment, instructors utilized a variety of methods for assessment that were not wholly dependent on artificial intelligence. To support efforts like this, The Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) has developed several resources, some of which are listed below.
Through flexible thinking and practice, we can continue to uphold our institution and the values it tries to instill in the next generation of professionals. Additional resources can be found below:
- Achieving Academic Integrity – includes strategies to promote academic integrity
- Writing & Media Center – when students are aware of and utilize these services, they are less likely to find themselves in stressful situations that make them prone to acting in an academically dishonest way
- Academic Misconduct – lists examples of academic misconduct
- Online Cheating and Chegg
- International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) – an established entity for academic integrity resources and research
- Academic Integrity Faculty Checklist – developed by ICAI to guide instructors looking to be more proactive in their classroom approach to academic integrity
- Quiz Settings to Maximize security in Canvas