Information on Faculty Leadership in Supporting Student Academic Integrity

The best way to prevent your students being involved in an academic policy standards violation is to educate them about your standards of scholarship in your course. We have provided some resources to assist you in that endeavor.

We know our faculty are committed to providing assignments that allow students to work independently to produce their work. This is accomplished by the faculty discussing their policies for maintaining high academic standards in their course in the early class sessions of the term and in their respective syllabus prepared for each class.

  • Faculty provides office hours and may assign meetings with students to discuss the proposed topic for a term paper.
  • Many times an outline of the paper is assigned for faculty review in order to: promote sound scholarship, promote a well-planned and scheduled work on the paper, and avoid the student devising a topic and writing a term paper at the last minute.
  • Faculty may assign different tasks each semester for the same course, modifying the assignments in order to promote academic honesty and to avoid students in the course from the previous semester.

University Support for Academic Integrity

Students are encouraged to seek assistance in their assignments and course work throughout the semester by using the services of the many faculty and staff-sponsored programs that provide academic support. These services include: The Writing Center (784-6030), the Academic Support Services Center (784-6801), The Knowledge Center Reference Librarians (784-0000), and, attending advertised Faculty Office Hours and course review sessions.

Preventing Academic Dishonesty

In order to prevent cheating and plagiarism on this campus, the faculty and administration work closely on promoting secure, well-supervised learning environments for students.

Prevention of Cheating

Course instructors proctor their exams and provide a positive test-taking setting for their students. The rules that a faculty member imposes on his or her students on the day of a test are all established to prevent any student from (unknowingly or knowingly) allowing another student access to their exam to see their answers.

Instructor Requirements may include:

  1. All textbooks, notes, paper, etc., are to be stored under the student's seat during the test.
  2. Seating arrangements that provide empty desks between all test-takers.
  3. Only supervised trips outside of the class, such as to the restroom.
  4. Multiple copies of tests distributed for a given exam.

Prevention of Plagiarism

Prevention of plagiarism is an important issue to our faculty. (Plagiarism is defined as the submittal of other's work as one's own) Faculty plan their take-home written assignments to prevent temptation of students to use others' work or to unknowingly provide work to another student to use as their own. Assignments are devised by faculty that will address the unique topics of issues discussed in the course lecture, in order to prevent students from using generic papers from their other courses, from other students, or from the internet.

Faculty may require their students to submit an outline of the proposed term paper and to submit a draft of the paper in progress - both to prevent plagiarism and to assist students having trouble writing the paper. To counter the temptation of students to acquire term papers off of the internet, faculty may use internet services such as "Turnitin.com", an internet service that provides faculty with the means to compare their students' papers with others down-loaded from the internet. Our instructional faculty may also use a University of Nevada webcampus-based program to download and check student papers for other sources appearing int he papers.

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