AcademicIntegrity and Plagiarism Prevention
Thereare a lot of resources at the disposal of an instructor to encouragestudents to do honest and produce plagiarism free work. Research hasshown many instances of academic dishonesty which includes cheatingand committing plagiarism can be discouraged if only instructorswould encourage academic integrity (Sutherland18). The following are some of the resources that can be used tocourage academic integrity.
Ensurethat students have the necessary information about what practices areacceptable and what practices are unacceptable. Ensure that studentsknow and understand the implications of engaging in any acts ofacademic dishonesty, including the penalties one may face. Explainingthe importance of academic integrity in their professions will alsohelp. It is also important to teach students how to reference theirwork (Sutherland 90). This can be done with the help of a librarianwho will discuss proper paraphrasing and citation techniques.
Bea good example by properly citing the sources you use while teaching.Leading by example will help your students follow suit by referencingtheir work.
Reportall cases of academic dishonesty to the relevant institutionauthorities for proper measure to be taken. This will serve as alesson to other students who might be thinking of committing any actsof academic dishonesty (Sutherland78).
Ensurethat all students have the guides to the most widely used referencestyles. These include APA, Harvard, MLA and Chicago formattingstyles. This will go a long way in assisting students whenever theyare working on their term papers.
Whenevercoming up with the course syllabus, indicate in writing the penaltiesof the institution towards acts of academic dishonesty andplagiarism. By constantly reminding the students of the implicationsand penalties this will ensure they avoid committing academicdishonesty.
Sutherland-Smith,Wendy. Plagiarism,the Internet, and student learning: improving academic integrity.Routledge, 2008.