Academic Integrity Syllabus Statements
In addition to setting the appropriate tone for your class, an effective syllabus statement can serve as a useful tool throughout the course. The Academic Integrity Program encourages you to have at a minimum the following language (or similar language) included in your syllabus to promote academic integrity and set clear expectations in the event that academic misconduct occurs in your class. Please feel free to revise the following template to suit your needs.
Academic integrity is the principle that asks students to engage with their academic work to the fullest and to behave honestly, transparently, and ethically in every assignment and every interaction with a peer, professor, or research participant. When a strong culture of academic integrity is fostered by students and faculty in an academic program, students learn more, build positive relationships and collaborations, and can feel more confident in the value of their degrees.
In order to cultivate fairness and credibility, everyone must participate in upholding academic integrity. Students in this class are responsible for asking for help or clarification when it’s needed, speaking up when they see unethical behavior taking place, and understanding and adhering to the Student Code of Conduct, including the section on academic misconduct. Boise State and I take academic misconduct very seriously. It’s important to know that when a student engages in academic misconduct, I will report the incident to the Office of the Dean of Students. I also have the right to assign sanctions, which could include requirements to revise or redo work, complete educational assignments to learn about academic integrity, and grade penalties ranging from lower credit on an assignment to failing this class. Students should learn more by reviewing the Student Code of Conduct.
When crafting a syllabus statement on academic integrity and discussing the academic integrity policy with students, you are encouraged to:
- Whenever possible, help students understand what they should do in order to demonstrate academic integrity, not just what they should not do;
- Highlight why academic integrity matters, rather than focus on just the potential consequences of academic misconduct;
- Draw connections between the principle of academic integrity in your class and in your discipline as a whole and workplaces that students may find themselves in;
- Clarify expectations for collaboration, citation, and appropriate use of materials in your class;
- Clearly state any sanctions that you will assign for particular kinds of common incidents. It may be useful to utilize the phrase, “Including but not limited to.”
If you would like feedback on your syllabus statement, please reach out to Madison Hansen, Academic Integrity Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The education of faculty members in knowing how to discourage, identify, and knowing how to proceed properly through the conduct process is essential to academic integrity. This education is just as important, if not more important than students’ ability to uphold academic conduct expectations.