Promoting Academic Integrity

  • Green Sheet: Include a statement explaining what constitutes academic dishonesty for your course and what the consequences will be. It may include allowable materials and behaviors during in-class exams, standards for citation and editorial assistance in written assignments, and expectations concerning completion of homework assignments.
  • Stress the importance of integrity to the learning process. Honest work builds self esteem, knowledge, and skills. In contrast, cheaters don't learn, they undermine the quality of education we provide, and they devalue SJSU's reputation and the degrees we confer.
  • Highlight our Academic Integrity Policy and explain the importance of academic integrity in class and in handouts; remind students of the policy before exams.
  • Discuss issues of integrity with your class, especially those relevant to the course and to students' future careers. Give criteria for the "hard choices" in your field, with examples of how ethical issues can/should be resolved. Such discussions underscore the importance of academic integrity as preparation for ethical and successful professional practice.
  • Enlist students help in creating a climate of integrity in your class. Give students opportunities to earn trust. Encourage them to tell you immediately if they see cheating.
  • Inspire, encourage, and model integrity. You don't have to threaten or scold. Positive reinforcement works better than scare tactics, and internal constraints (morals, ethics, character) are the most effective. As educators, faculty influence students' attitudes and development, and can reinforce student integrity
  • Set clear standards for assignments and grading. Tell students whether they may collaborate and if so how much. Encourage students to consult with you before completing assignments, and preferably before beginning them to ensure their greatest success.

Adapted/reproduced with permission from University of California, Davis - Student Judicial Affairs, October 1999