Updating your course syllabi? Consider including the following sections directly from the Student Academic Honor Code:
- The Honor Statement:
"The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a community of high academic standards where academic integrity is valued. UNCW students are committed to honesty and truthfulness in academic inquiry and in the pursuit of knowledge. This commitment begins when new students matriculate at UNCW, continues as they create work of the highest quality while part of the university community, and endures as a core value throughout their lives."
- The Honor Pledge:
“As a student at The University of North Carolina Wilmington, I am committed to honesty and truthfulness in academic inquiry and in the pursuit of knowledge.I pledge to uphold and promote the UNCW Student Academic Honor Code.”
To select a different portion of the text, click here to open the entire Student Academic Honor Code in Microsoft Word.
A few facts about academic dishonesty from the research literature…
- Vandehey, Diekhoff, and LaBeff (2007) found that punitive sanctions (such as receiving a failing grade, probation, or suspension) were the largest deterrents of student cheating.
Vandehey, M. A., Diekhoff, G. M., & LaBeff, E. E. (2007) College cheating: A twenty year follow-up and the addition of an honor code. Journal of College Student Development, 48(4), 468-480.
- Lester & Diekhoff (2002) found that “cheating is more common in any situation where it is easy to do, the likelihood of detection is low, and rewards for cheating are high.”
Lester, M. C., & Diekhoff, G. M. (2002). A comparison of traditional and internet cheaters. Journal of College Student Development, 43(5), 2-7.
- McCabe, Trevino, and Butterfield (2001) found that Honor Codes are connected with lower level of cheating among students.
McCabe, D. L., Trevino, L. K., & Butterfield, K. D. (2001). Dishonesty in academic environments: The influence of peer reporting requirements. The Journal of Higher Education, 72(1), 29-45.
- McCabe and Pavela (2000) discuss the various types of academic honor codes that different colleges and universities have established. UNCW has adopted a “modified honor code.” The authors cite research which has found that there is a relationship between schools that have implemented modified honor codes with lower levels of cheating among students.
McCabe, D. & Pavela, G. (2000). Some good news about academic integrity. Change, 33(5), 32-38.
Listed below are some resources that instructors may find helpful when dealing with matters of academic dishonesty.
GuidetoOnlineSchools.com - Plagiarism - Lots of great resources and links including: statistics about plagiarism in colleges and universities, links to free tools for detecting plagiarism, links to online tutorials for students to learn more about plagiarism, and tips for discouraging plagiarism in the classroom and in the online classroom.
“Teaching practices that promote academic integrity” – Helpful tips about promoting academic integrity in the classroom.
Center for Academic Integrity - Tips for Discouraging Plagiarism:
Assign narrow and specific research topics
Don’t allow last minute changes of topics
Require that outlines be submitted three to four weeks prior to the deadline and that drafts be submitted with the final paper
Give written or oral pop quizzes in class
Require detailed citations, including page numbers
Put you school’s academic integrity policy in your syllabus
Clearly explain your expectations
Encourage students to come to you if they are confused about citation practices
Be a good role model. Cite sources in your lectures. Talk to students about how citations show respect for other scholars
Talk about academic honesty with your students, and make sure they understand both the reasons and the tools for avoiding plagiarism.
Tips taken from “What can we do about plagiarism?” an article by Sally Cole and Elizabeth Kiss in the May/June 2000 Issue of About Campus.