September 21, 2017: Promoting Academic Integrity in the Classroom

Dear Colleagues,

As the fall semester gets underway, I’m writing to remind you of resources available to help you promote and protect academic integrity in your classrooms. Any instance of academic dishonesty is, of course, disheartening to faculty. We’re all aware of the importance of academic integrity to the soundness of our enterprise—to research and teaching—as well as to the reliability of our institutional credentializing.

As you know, instructors are required by University policy to report all instances of scholastic dishonesty to the Office for Community Standards (formerly the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, or OSCAI). You may report through the online form or by calling 612-624-6073. Community Standards staff members are also available to advise you on scholastic dishonesty (as well as on other behavioral problems in your classes).

A number of resources are available to help you prevent academic dishonesty: case studiesthat can help guide classroom discussions, recommendations on language for syllabi, and the Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) program. You may also want to review a student-created document, "Advice from students to instructors on protecting academic integrity," which is endorsed by the Student Academic Integrity Committee of the Faculty Senate.

This week is Academic Integrity Week, during which you’re encouraged to discuss the importance of the topic with your students. (The importance of academic integrity obviously persists beyond this week!) More information, including suggested ways to approach this discussion, is available through this link.

Thank you for your continued commitment to student success.

Sincerely,

Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

Email sent September 21, 2017 to all Twin Cities faculty and instructors.