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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity can be defined by honest academic work where:

     1.  the ideas and the writing of others are properly cited;
     2.  students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance;
     3.  students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and
     4.  students report their research or accomplishments accurately.

(from Langley High School Honor Policy, McLean, VA)

Integrity Works!

The School for Ethical Education provides consulting, resources and evaluation services to secondary schools seeking to advance academic integrity.  Those interested in consulting or evaluation services should contact SEE via our contact page.  There are many free resources on this website to support the implementation of a strategic plan to promote integrity and resist cheating in all its forms.

This website is designed to provide (1) students and educators with resources and consulting links to advance academic integrity in their school, (2) a free network for communication between any educator interested in advancing integrity and (3) links to support our Achieving with Integrity program that include a research-based student evaluation instrument, E-lessons to resist plagiarims, a Toolkit for schoolwide project work, and on-line professional development in support of creating classroom lessons for student moral functioning.  See links for each of these items and more in the right margin.  SEE is collaborating with Dr. Jason Stephens, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, to implement some of these project options in schools. 

Conceptual Model for Achieving with Integrity

The figure below provides a conceptual model to support the implementation of an academic-integrity program. We recommend any school seeking to advance academic integrity organize their own Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). Organizers of an AIC would recruit influential leaders of the school community to include--administration, faculty and students, as well as parents and other interested community members.  The AIC provides an excellent student leadership and service-learning opportunity.

Once organized with representatives of their community, AICs, are encouraged to perform a strategic analysis of the school and organize their activities to address—

  • Community engagement and dialogue in the shared responsibility of supporting academic integrity,
  • Core Values of the school community by clarifying and articulating values that support the advancement of academic integrity,
  • Commitments of the school community to sustain an AIC and strategies the AIC uses to cultivate and maintain student and adult support of the academic integrity as part of the school’s mission, and
  • Curriculum of the school and how it focuses students on mastery learning which includes the respect for personal intellectual growth and protection of intellectual property.

Definitions of key Academic Integrity concepts

Suggested Project Activities

There are a variety of activities that can be implemented to advance the mission of an Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) such as helping the school clarify its core values that support the goals of academic integrity, creating activities to help faculty and students define academic integrity and working to develop teaching practices that support students’ demonstrating academic integrity. Consult the list of suggested Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) strategies.  SEE provides consulting services to initiate an AIC and evaluation services to collect baseline data.

Information on this website

SEE links to the following items in the right column to obtain more information about Integrity Works!

  • Project Facilitators and Funders
  • Suggested Strategies for Academic Integrity Committees (AIC)
  • Academic integrity policies from Selected Schools
  • Flow Chart for High School Honor System
  • Academic Integrity Network
  • Media
  • Resources & Articles
  • Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity: A Toolkit for Secondary Schools
  • E-Lesson: Strategies to Resist Plagiarism in Secondary Schools
  • AMIS (Academic Motivation and Integrity Survey) a survey for students in grades 8-12 that provides school leaders information and analysis of student perceptions, beliefs and behaviors related to academic integrity.
  • Description and registration for on-line professional development in support of Achieving with Integrity
  • Information to participate in an academic integrity PSA contest (Connecticut schools only)

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