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Instructors

Responsibilities

Education

Instructors MustInstructors Should
Provide students with course-specific academic honesty information either on the syllabus or website for each course. See templates here.Provide academic honesty information that is specific to each major assignment, with particular attention to standards for the discipline, as well as to collaboration, group work, and citation.
Call attention to that course-specific academic honesty information during class within the first two weeks of the course.Depending on the course, consider integrating academic honesty- and/or writing-related instruction before major assignments are due. (Contact the liaison or the Writing, Speaking, Argument Program for assistance.)
Model integrity in their own practices and educate students about any standards that are specific to their field(s) or professional discipline(s).Encourage students to read the academic honesty policy carefully, to test their knowledge via quizzes and materials available on the website, and to use resources like CETL, the Writing and Speaking Center, and the Library as needed.
Request that students handwrite the following honor pledge before each test: “I affirm that I will not give or receive any unauthorized help on this exam, and that all work will be my own.”Consider requiring honor pledges for other types of assignments and/or for group projects.

Prevention

Instructors MustInstructors Should
Request that students handwrite the following honor pledge before each test: “I affirm that I will not give or receive any unauthorized help on this exam, and that all work will be my own.”Consider requiring honor pledges for other types of assignments and/or group work.

Reporting

Instructors MustInstructors Must Not
Report all cases of suspected academic dishonesty to the Board on Academic Honesty using one of the three board processes. (Exception: if an instructor’s investigation/inquiry convinces the instructor that no improper academic conduct or violation has occurred, they do not have to report the incident to the board.)Instructors must not take intent into account when determining whether a student has violated the policy or whether or not to report the student.
Follow the reporting processes listed on the suspected violations page, and consult with either the Academic Honesty Liaison or the Chair of the Board on Academic Honesty as needed. Use the board process to ensure that AS&E can identify students with multiple policy violations and that the policy is applied uniformly.Instructors must not use any process for resolving suspected dishonesty other than the board processes; and must not propose or implement any consequence for a student who declines to sign academic honesty form other than submitting a resolution form to the board.
Submit signed forms rather than submitting unsigned forms or asking students to submit forms; this is the only way to ensure the forms are actually submitted.Instructors must not ask students to forward academic honesty forms to the board after they signed it; and must not assess their own penalty or come to any private agreement with a student suspected of dishonesty.
Continue grading and returning all the honest work of a student who is suspected of academic dishonesty. Abstain from grading only the work where the academically dishonest behavior was suspected.Instructors must not grade or return work where academic dishonesty is suspected—until they receive notification from the board that a case has been resolved. This prohibition includes assigning a final course grade when a case is still pending at the end of a semester (enter “N” instead).
Remind students with a suspected violation in a course that they may not elect the S/F option for that course, even if selected prior to their being found responsible for policy violation.Instructors must not ask or allow a student suspected of dishonesty to drop or withdraw from a course. (Exception: students who sign Warning Letters that are also approved by the Board on Academic Honesty may drop or declare the S/F option.)

Confidentiality

Instructors must not identify any student who has been reported to the Board on Academic Honesty without a signed waiver from the student. Instructors who are jointly overseeing a work containing suspected dishonesty (e.g., dissertation committee members, course co-instructors) can confer about the work in question but they should not share information with anyone other than the academic honesty liaison without obtaining the student’s permission (via a signed waiver form) first.

Instructors should also keep in mind the unrelated but additional constraints of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).