Adapted from the former IDC
Lakehead University takes a serious view of offenses against academic honesty such as plagiarism, cheating, and impersonation. Academic dishonesty definitions, examples, and disciplinary procedures are outlined in the university regulations and policies below.
- University Regulation - IX Academic Misconduct
- University Policy - Code of Student Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedures
Why Do Students Plagiarize?
There is always a context for a student's academic dishonesty. It is important to consider that context, even if in the end it does not diminish the penalty. There are a number of reasons why students plagiarize.
- Ignorance - "I didn't know that was plagiarism"
- Insecurity - "Their words are better"
- Time management - "Too much work"
- Difficulties with language - "English is hard"
- Norms among students - "Everyone else is doing it"
- Competition - "I need a 70%"
- Institutional laxity - "Lots of people are getting away with it"
Inform Students of University Policies
Research suggests that it is unrealistic to expect students to make themselves familiar with all aspects of a student code of conduct.
Put information about the policy on course outlines and talk to students about it.
Note: Make sure that students are clear about their rights as well as their responsibilities.
Actively Initiate Students as Junior Scholars into the Community of Scholars
- Educate students about the research culture, protocols and practices of your specific discipline.
- Explain to students why we use secondary sources, and actively teach them how to do it
Design Assignments that Discourage Plagiarism
- Offer compulsory teaching sessions on academic writing and citation skills where students can apply the skills to discipline-specific content as part of their core assessment tasks
- Have students submit multi-stage assignments
- Have students write a short meta-essay in which they talk about why they structured their essay the way they did, why they used the sources they did, Etc
- Require your students to complete a tutorial(s) on Academic Integrity, such as this tutorial out of Indiana or the Academic and Research Integrity module through mygradskills.ca. Students are required to create an account and will receive a certificate upon completion.
Learn to Recognize Signs of Stress in Students
- Encourage students to come and talk to you about problems meeting deadlines or understanding an assignment
- When necessary, inform students of counseling services, as well as other student services on campus
Always Talk to a Students about a Suspected case of Plagiarism
- Do not ignore plagiarism: students need to know that there is a consistent and transparent process for dealing with plagiarism.
- Listen to the student’s reasons for plagiarizing; while there should always be some kind of penalty, one should take account of the student’s circumstances