Stem the Tide of Cheating in the College Classroom

Building a Culture of Academic Integrity

As much as we all hate to admit it, cheating goes hand-in-hand with the stressful, competitive environment of higher ed. It could be the loafer looking for an easy grade or the hardworking student who “has to get an A.” It happens on every campus, and it certainly isn’t a new problem.

Instead of working to eliminate cheating, colleges and universities can instead focus their efforts on building cultures of integrity. These campus environments organically discourage academic dishonesty and allow schools to harness the learning opportunities in cheating incidents.

You can learn how to lead an integrity movement on your campus by following the advice presented in Building a Culture of Academic Integrity. This white paper provides a step-by-step guide to building a culture of integrity and offers strategies to more fully incorporate values and ethics education into curriculum.

The white paper is based on an online seminar presented by Tricia Bertram Gallant, PhD., academic integrity coordinator at the University of California, San Diego and the current chair for the Center for Academic Integrity’s Advisory Council. Dr. Bertram Gallant has vast experience in generating campus interest in integrity and ethics, and has worked with students, faculty, and administrators to promote values and ethics education — from policy to practice.

In Building a Culture of Academic Integrity Bertram Gallant helps you reframe your attitude toward cheating so that you—and your school—can view it as an opportunity for education and organizational change and not as a sign of failure. Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Conduct a self-assessment of ethical learning opportunities on campus;
  • Analyze and articulate your school’s approach to student cheating;
  • Craft strategies for sustaining, enhancing, or changing your organization’s approach to academic dishonesty;
  • Recognize opportunities for helping students learn from ethical failures, such as cheating and plagiarism;
  • Identify campus colleagues who should be involved in an academic integrity initiative;
  • Leverage student cheating as a stimulus for campus-wide prioritization of ethics and integrity; and
  • Build a coalition of those stakeholders who have an interest in enhancing ethics and integrity on campus.

Ethical failures in higher education continue to make headlines, and the Internet and other technology make it easier and easier for students to plagiarize or to access information aids inappropriately. This newly issued, 40-page white paper will give professors and administrators real tools and strategies—not simply punishments—that can effectively change student behavior and develop academic and professional ethics.


You can download the PDF of this white paper, or get the print version mailed to you.

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A Campus Access License is available for an additional $100. It allows the purchasing institution to load the white paper onto the institution’s password-protected internal web site for unlimited access by members of the campus community.

The bottom line is that students cheat. That won’t change. But you can turn it into a learning opportunity with the right attitude and approach. Find out how to develop a campus culture of integrity in this solution-filled Magna Publications White Paper today.


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