One of the most important tasks for a faculty member is to establish clear and specific expectations around academic integrity and communicate them clearly to students. Adam Melvin (LSU) and Lisa Bullard (North Carolina State University) have developed video segments that give specific examples of appropriate and non-appropriate behaviors in the context of engineering and science classes.
Cheating on Homework: Online Resources
Using online resources that provide the answers for you not only hinders your mastering the materials, but sets you up to fail in your career. This video shares examples of online resources that help you learn the material instead of merely giving you the answers.
Cheating on Homework: Peer Resources
Students are encouraged to help each other out by explaining concepts, interpreting the problems together, and sharing approaches, rather than just copying answers.
Cheating on Homework: Instructor Resources
This video shows how your course instructor is one of your best resources for understanding the course material. Go to your instructor’s office hours prepared with specific questions.
Cheating on Computer Problems
This video defines what it means to cheat on electronically assigned homework. It also provides suggestions on how to avoid file and resource sharing.
Cheating on Reports and Projects
“Cheating on Reports and Projects” talks about the consequences of manipulating data in order to get desired results. Any form of tampering with, copying, or poorly organizing your results is considered cheating and unethical.
Cheating on Exams
This video illustrates how any form of sharing information before, during, or after a test is considered cheating.
For instructors interested in teaching resources to establish expectations on academic integrity, please refer to Dr. Lisa Bullard’s website on academic integrity. Resources include examples of specific language in the syllabus, a reflection assignment to give students early in the course, a form to prohibit students from sharing copyrighted material, and tips for preventing and detecting cheating.