Encouraging academic honesty involves both mitigating or preventing instances of cheating while also educating and informing students about academic integrity. There are resources and tools that can help you to prevent academic dishonesty whether you are offering an online exam or assigning a final project or paper.
In times of stress, or when adapting to a new learning environment, students may be less likely to recognize that what they are doing to complete an assignment or exam is considered a breach of academic integrity. It will be important to remind students of the rules and your expectations. Share information about MHC’s policies on academic integrity, or provide students with an honour code statement they must review and agree to before submitting work.
Be compassionate and flexible (within reason) when supporting students to help mitigate the stress and pressure that tends to precede instances of academic dishonesty. Report any suspicions of academic dishonesty to your Dean, or Associate Dean. Each Faculty and Department or School have their own procedures and protocol.
Here are a few resources to help you educate your students:
Academic integrity isn’t just about plagiarizing, although a big part of it is. Academic integrity is the moral code of academia and can be defined as the use, generation, and communication of information in an ethical, honest, and responsible manner. Academic integrity violations include cheating, fabrication of information, facilitating academic misconduct, as well as intentional and unintentional plagiarism.
See the Medicine Hat College Academic Calendar for more information on academic regulations and policies.
Academic integrity violations (including cheating, fabrication of information, facilitating
academic misconduct, intentional and unintentional plagiarism) will result in disciplinary action. A student could be dismissed from their course or program for subsequent occurrence of academic dishonesty.
If you suspect a student of academic dishonesty, you may refer to your dean for information or supports.
Director, Teaching & Learning