Activities to Promote Awareness of Cheating Behaviours

Decorative: A student using crib notes on a smart phone during a test


"Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating" (online article) argues that "provides "a collection of activities faculty can use to ensure that students understand the behaviors that constitute cheating."

1. "Behavior Lists" (a 14-item list)

"[N]ot included ... are behaviors ... consistently recognize[d] as cheating such as copying answers during an exam, getting answers off an electronic device during an exam, claiming the material of others as your own, buying or borrowing a term paper."

"[P]ossible ways to use the list" (each elaborated more fully in the article): "Rating Options," "Compare Results," "The Friend Factor"

  • "Turning in an assignment previously submitted for another class"
  • "Paraphrasing ideas without documenting the source"
  • "Using information considered common knowledge without citation"
  • "*Having someone check over a paper before turning it in"
  • "*Working with others on a project to be completed individually"
  • "*Asking someone who’s already taken the exam what’s on it"
  • "*Making suggestions about what to study to someone who hasn’t yet taken the exam"
  • "Including references on a bibliography that were not used in the paper"
  • "Taking credit for participation in a group without doing a fair share of the work"
  • "Making up an excuse for missing an exam or assignment due date"
  • "Using your phone to look up an answer during an exam but not finding it"
  • "Knowing that someone is cheating but not reporting it"
  • "*Being in a study group that divvies up homework problems and then shares and discusses the problem solutions"
  • "Falsifying data from experiments, surveys, or other research activities"

2. "Discussion Questions for Students" (22 starter questions are included)

"The conversation about cheating ought to be ongoing, and good discussion questions can keep raising the issues and challenging students to consider all that’s involved in cheating."

"Here are some ways to structure these discussions" (each elaborated more fully in the article):

  • "Pick a Question"
  • "Feed the Discussion with Facts"

3. "The Academic Integrity Policy Quiz" (10 incomplete sample statements to use as starters)

NOTE: "The details of the policy can be reinforced in your course by giving students a quiz on it."

  • "The policy defines cheating as _________"
  • "The most severe penalties that can occur if cheating is confirmed are _________"
  • "The policy says that students who enable cheating _________"
  • "Instructors can refer instances of cheating to _________"
  • "Instructors can handle cheating cases on their own if _________"
  • "Instructors should have the following kinds of evidence to prove that a student has cheated _________"
  • "Decisions as to guilt or innocence are decided by _________"
  • "Due process insures that the student has the right to  _________"
  • "Students may appeal a cheating decision by _________"

4. "Access additional resources on cheating":

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