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Statement on Academic Integrity

Molloy College, an independent, Catholic College, rooted in the Dominican tradition of study, spirituality, service, and community is committed to academic excellence with respect to each person. Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.

Academic Infractions Subject to Disciplinary Action

If a student is engaged in any form of academic dishonesty, faculty should complete an "Academic Infraction Subject to Disciplinary Action" complaint form, which is available in K 119.

When completed, this complaint form, along with originals of all back up information, should be brought to Mary Jane Reilly, the Associate Dean for Academic Services at K119. A letter will then be sent to the student, advising him/her of a "possible academic infraction subject to disciplinary action" and advising the student to make an appointment with Dean Reilly to discuss the situation on an informal basis as described in the Molloy College Handbook.

After meeting with the Associate Dean, and as a result of an "academic infraction subject to disciplinary action", a first offense will usually result in assignment if the Big MITT, or our Multi-Media Integrity Teaching Tool which can be accessed at the Media Center K211. After successfully completing the Big MITT Program, the student is assigned a three to five page reaction paper with a rubric. A follow-up appointment with Associate Dean Reilly to discuss the situation is also required. The student is placed on a registration "hold" by the registrar until this assignment is completed. In the event if a subsequent academic infraction, graduated penalties will result, such as academic suspension or academic dismissal.

Suggestions to create an environment which encourages academic, honesty and fairness:

  • Inform students of the honor code and pledge
  • Include a statement in your course syllabus alerting students to the honor pledge
  • Outline your expectations at the beginning of the semester.
  • Use part of the first class session to review the honor pledge.
    • answer questions and make it clear that academic dishonesty will not be tolerated
    • present appropriate hypothetical situations from which students can learn to avoid academically dishonest acts.
    • refer students to the student flyer for definitions of academic dishonesty

Be a good role model. Cite sources in your lectures. Ensure integrity in research assignments

  • Assign narrow and specific research topics
  • Don't allow last minute changes of topic
  • Require outlines to be submitted 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline and that drafts be submitted with the final paper
  • Encourage students to come to you if they are confused
  • Specify the extent of collaboration on class/team projects
  • Develop criteria for evaluating an individual student's contribution to a group project
  • Instruct students on the use of the Internet as a research tool

Use various classroom techniques to prevent academic dishonesty

  • Establish control over the preparation of examination copies
  • Be sure that no one is allowed to access your exams outside your presence
  • Rewrite exams each semester or annually (Remember numerous organizations keep old exams on file).
  • Keep exams in secure locations, e.g., locked desks, or locked file cabinets.
  • Give essay tests instead of multiple choice exams when appropriate.
  • Number exams and count the number distributed and returned.
  • In large classes alternate different forms of the same exam. Color coding the various exams will emphasize the difference.
  • Specify in detail, prior to examination, what materials students can possess during the exam.
  • Supply scrap paper with the exam packet and collect it along with the exam at the end of the test period.
  • Ensure students put the electronics, books, notes, and backpacks in the front of the classroom during exams.
  • Don't allow students access to your classroom on the exam day until you have arrived.
  • Consider photocopying exams/answer sheets/or research papers prior to returning them if you have reasons to suspect someone could alter the grade or the answers.

What Can Faculty Members Do to Encourage Academic Integrity?

  1. Affirm the importance of academic integrity. Molloy College is dedicated to the Dominican ideals of truth. Faculty members need to affirm that the pursuit if truth is grounded in integrity, civility and honesty.
  2. Foster a love of learning. A commitment to academic integrity is reinforced by high academic standards. Students should feel that the assigned work is challenging, valuable and fair.
  3. Be a role model. Treat students fairly and with consideration. Students will reciprocate by respecting the values of their teachers, including a commitment to academic integrity.
  4. Promote an environment of trust in the classroom. Students value an environment where trust is earned and given, but do not respond well to arbitrary rules and trivial assignments.
  5. Encourage student responsibility. Students may engage in academic dishonesty due to the perception that "everyone is doing it." With guidance, students can learn to take responsibility for promoting and protecting the highest standards of academic integrity. Students thrive in environments where competition is fair, integrity is expected and respected, and where academic dishonesty is consistently punished.
  6. Clarify expectations. Faculty members have the primary responsibility for designing and maintaining the educational environment. Faculty members should inform their students about expectations regarding academic honesty early in the semester. These expectations may be stated on the course syllabi and clarified through discussion with the students.
  7. Reduce opportunity for academic dishonesty. The best line of defense is prevention. Ambiguous policies, undefined or unrealistic standards for student collaboration, poor classroom supervision or management, or lack of examination security contribute to a climate that promotes academic dishonesty.
  8. Do not tolerate academic dishonesty. Students observe the behaviors and values of the faculty. If academic dishonesty is ignored or trivialized, the message sent to the students is that the values and principles of academic life at Molloy College and in the community at large, are not worth upholding and respecting.
  9. Define and support campus-wide academic integrity. Promoting and protecting academic honesty is a community-wide concern that goes beyond individual academic departments. Academic life is, in a sense, community life and, as such the entire Molloy community affirms its shared values by identifying, educating and disciplining offenders.

Information About Using Turnitin

Turnitin is an internet-based tool used by instructors to prevent plagiarism. Instructors should provide a written statement in their syllabi for the students if they intend to use Turnitin. Get started with Turnitin.

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