When We Don’t Report Misconduct

Many of us have experienced the following situation. A student is in your office because he or she has plagiarized or cheated. The student may be crying or angry, and you’re trying to express your expectations and yourself clearly. Let’s be honest: it’s uncomfortable. You want to hold the student accountable. After all, they’ve cheated…

Creating an Environment for Academic Integrity

We all make a point of communicating our expectations about academic integrity in the first weeks. Many of us have a pre-packaged talk we give students as part of our “Syllabus Day” activities. What, if anything, do you do after, when the later weeks of the semester unfold? With so much to do in a…

When No-One is Looking

 Earlier this month, a group of students asked me an important question about online quizzes. “How will my professor know if I’m using my book and notes during an online quiz I complete at home?” they asked. “It doesn’t matter,” I said, “she asked you not to use them.” Some scoffed. Others looked frustrated. I…