Promoting Academic Integrity in the Classroom

The Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as "a committment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action" (

Academic dishonesty undermines the value of college or university degrees and scholarship, and it hinders intellectual progress. The worst course of action for faculty is to avoid dealing with academic offenses. Please see Reporting Plagiarism.

Donald L. McCabe and Gary Pavela offer ten suggestions that work to promote academic integrity in the classroom. Please see

It is important for faculty to remember that they are role models for students and that the faculty member's behavior sends a clear message to students about academic integrity. Faculty can influence students by talking about the importance of academic integrity at the beginning of the term, outlining expectations, treating students with respect, cultivating trust, and embracing the values of academic integrity themselves.

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Information on this plagiarism website used and adapted with permission from the University of Alberta Libraries Learning Services.