GO: Commit to Integrity

Monday, November 26, 2018


There is no denying finals and final projects can be stressful and overwhelming for students, especially when everything seems to be due at once. It can be very tempting for them to take the easy way out, especially with so many tools and apps available—some of which could violate our Academic Honesty Policy.

We recently released our 2017-18 Annual Report on Academic Honesty Cases (PDF). Out of the 700 cases that the Office of Academic Honesty processed in the last year (fall 2017-summer 2018), 53% were for unauthorized assistance. The largest infraction of cheating was through chat groups such as GroupMe. While faculty and students alike find these tools useful for communicating easily among large groups, students can easily get pulled into situations that violate our Academic Honesty Policy without realizing it. Posting answers to tests on a GroupMe—an unauthorized assistance—can implicate all members of the GroupMe. Make sure your students are aware of the best practices when using chat groups, and encourage them to talk to you if they feel someone may have posted something that violates the Academic Honesty Policy.

Plagiarism may seem like an obvious offense, but you would be surprised at the number of students (259 for 2017-18, to be exact) who don’t realize they’re being dishonest when they copy direct quotes, paraphrase from online resources, or include data without citing the sources. These are just a couple of ways students can violate the academic honesty code without realizing it. Students can find a more complete list of tips on the Academic Honesty site or they can watch the video.

Academic DishonestyTo help you communicate with your students, we have a number of faculty resources listed on our Academic Honesty Resources for Faculty page, including ways you can promote integrity in the classroom, video resources you can share with your students, and a list of actions that may be considered violations of the policy. Also available are discussion guidelines and academic honesty reporting and appeals process outline. We continue to build and update our best practices for faculty and departments to contend with academic honesty issues.

Remember that we’re here to help. If you have questions or can’t find what you’re looking for on the Academic Honesty site, please let us know. Check the Center for Teaching and Learning events for upcoming Academic Honesty faculty workshops. Or let us know if you’d like for us to come to your classroom for a quick Academic Honesty overview session with your students by sending us an email at honesty@uga.edu.

If you have any tips you think we need to add to our Academic Honesty list, please let me know at ovpi@uga.edu. Congratulations on the end of another successful semester!


Rahul Shrivastav
Vice President for Instruction