The beginning of the semester is always a great time to help students understand acceptable
academic behaviors at Ferris. Possible strategies for promoting Academic Integrity
include the following:
- Take extra time to clearly explain and define what plagiarism and cheating are. This
eliminates students’ excuses of
I didn’t know that!
- Be clear about not accepting academic misconduct in your course.
- Explain and refer to Ferris’ policies on academic misconduct. Refer students to the
Code of Student Community Standards on-line. They can find it on the Ferris’ homepage
- Provide information through handouts, brochures, bookmarks, or websites which will
help students better understand properly quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing information
from sources. This should include methods and/or references for citing the sources.
- Remind students during intense times of the semester (i.e. mid-terms, project completion,
finals) that academic misconduct will result in some form of disciplinary action.
- Make sure that your syllabus (or possible syllabus amendment) makes a clear statement
of what possible penalties for violations you and/or your department enacts if a student
is found responsible for academic misconduct.
Worried about creating or re-creating plagiarism brochures? Visit the Writing Center and browse through their helpful links.