Information Systems Education Conference
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2011 ISECON Proceedings
Wilmington NC

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Analysis Of Academic Integrity Policies In A University System

Sherrie Cannoy
North Carolina A&T State University

Ewuuk Lomo-David
North Carolina A&T State University

Abstract
Plagiarism and cheating, both violations of academic integrity policies, have been an increasingly significant concern in higher education. This has been especially true because of the plethora of readily available resources on the Internet. One of the main reasons that cheating occurs is that there is a lack of education about academic integrity policies and enforcement of these policies. This interpretive study examines current policies in 16 universities in a state system to enable further understanding of the role these policies play in academic integrity concerns. This is a study in progress, which will be expanded for future research to further understand why current policy is failing to prevent academic integrity violations. It is critical that students legitimately gain the skills and knowledge so that they can achieve professional success and to preserve the credibility of academic degrees granted.

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Most studies have typically asked students to self-report perceptions and behaviors about cheating while other studies have reported perceptions of faculty members. Depending on the study examined, between 13-19% of high school and college students have cheated (McCabe, Trevino, & Butterfield, 2001). One of the reasons found in these studies is that university policies are unclear to stakeholders; and violations of academic integrity policies are not consistently enforced. Because university academic integrity policies can be a critical resource to inform the academic community and can serve as a technique to uphold academic integrity beliefs, it is important to analyze current policies. This interpretive study investigates components of academic integrity policies for 16 universities in a southeastern state system. We will examine related polices at the universities for the following features: • The nature of the policy name (i.e. Academic Integrity Code vs. Academic Dishonesty Code) • How the policy is communicated to the university community • Definitions of plagiarism and academic integrity violations • Clear examples of violations • Tutorials for students and faculty to learn more about academic integrity policies • How expectations for faculty, students and administration are communicated • The enforcement of the policy (for example, one of the universities provides faculty with the alternative to have the student do community service or to complete a tutorial to learn more about academic integrity) This study in progress will be expanded to understand why current policy is failing to prevent academic integrity violations. The research will be expanded to other higher education systems across the United States. A subsequent study in this research stream will be to analyze how students are taught about plagiarism and cheating at the high school level. This would be critical to understand the culture of plagiarism throughout students’ academic careers.

Recommended Citation: Cannoy, S., Lomo-David, E., (2011). The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v.28 n.1785, Wilmington NC.