Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! As the first day of classes nears and you are finalizing your syllabi, we encourage you to include in your materials a reference to the Duke Community Standard and what honor and integrity mean in your discipline.
As you outline your expectations to your students, be as specific as possible with them the extent to which collaboration is permitted and the degree to which resources may be used in completing assignments. A good rule of thumb is that students will interpret more liberally than you intend in deciphering what acceptable rules for collaboration and outside resource use are. Therefore, be as granular as you can-- perhaps with explicit examples from your course-- for acceptable parameters. Also, be explicit about what happens in terms of grading if a student is academically dishonest in your class-- will the student fail the assignment at issue? Fail the course? (For advice on how to grade academically dishonest work, contact us.)
Should you encounter potential academic dishonesty, the Office of Student Conduct has a number of resources available to assist you. Believe a student has submitted a paper that contains plagiarized material? We can review it for you and check. (Unfortunately, large-scale or systematic checking of papers is not possible at this time.) Think a student has cheated on an exam? Call us (919-684-6938) and let us know what you have observed.
It is imperative that faculty/instructors contact the Office of Student Conduct for each and every possible instance of academic dishonesty encountered? Why?
- To ensure consistency of response across departments
- To protect faculty/instructors by ensuring due process
- To verify that a student has no prior incidents
- As a gauge for evaluating the academic integrity climate on campus.
A flowchart for responding to suspected academic dishonesty is available here.
Tips to Promote Academic Integrity in the Classroom
On the Written Syllabus
- Include the text of the Duke Community Standard
- Set expectations for academic integrity in all aspects of the course
- Provide specific guidelines for collaboration
- Note standards for use of data, electronic translators, etc. specific to your discipline
In the Classroom
- Be a role model (cite sources in lectures, etc.)
- Highlight issues of academic integrity through ongoing discussion
- Require students to write and sign a pledge on all assignments that their work was completed honestly
- Instruct about proper research techniques, including note-taking strategies and citation methods
- Inform students of such resources as the Writing Studio, reference texts, websites, etc.
- Act on suspected cases of academic integrity violations (as required by the Faculty Handbook)
- For undergraduates, call Office of Student Conduct (919-684-6938) to discuss appropriate steps
- Discuss matter with student and inform him/her of referral of case to appropriate officials (for undergraduates, Office of Student Conduct)
- Refer parent calls/email in reaction to a suspected case of academic dishonesty to the Office of Student Conduct. We want to reduce any stress that may be placed on you.
- If incident occurs at the end of the semester, do not submit a course grade until matter resolved through the appropriate process. (Grading is at discretion of instructor, however.)
Read more about our policies regarding Academic Dishonesty.