Faculty play a significant role in the prevention of plagiarism. As a faculty member at AUC your commitment to the principles of academic integrity will provide a model for students that will influence the atmosphere in which students understand how intellectual exchange takes place in the university environment. It is often thought that the students are the only culprits in the dishonest game of cheating and plagiarism. However, faculty play a large role in encouraging academic integrity and building in safeguards against academic dishonesty. Faculty may indirectly contribute to dishonest behaviour by making the learning process too difficult or not caring about how learning can be maximized in their classes. We have indicated ways in which faculty can prevent the temptation to plagiarize or cheat from arising but more importantly, faculty need to instill in students the understanding that real learning cannot take place without a sense of responsibility for one's own actions. This is an ongoing enterprise and faculty need to take on the responsibility for informing and educating students about academic integrity. In this way, an atmosphere of mutual trust in an open intellectual community can hopefully be achieved.
Students need to be informed every semester, at the beginning of the every course that you and the students are committed to the principles of academic integrity and that a violation of those principles will result in an appropriate response. It is not just a matter of "policing" but of making the students understand the ethical and practical reasons for being a person with integrity in the intellectual community. Our students have a developed moral sense and just need to be made aware of the fact that plagiarism destroys the trust among the members of that community, and has negative effects both on their future personal and professional lives.
It is important that all faculty at AUC commit themselves to informing their students and preventing plagiarism to the best of their ability because if some do and others don't, this sends a signal to the students that this is just a game they have to play in some classes and not in others. It devalues the academic and intellectual enterprise in which the university is engaged. By emphasizing the positive aspects of academic integrity students are asked to live up to moral values that their society and culture hold up as models of behaviour.
Please read and familiarize yourself with the list of Best Practices for Faculty at AUC
For suggestions on how to prevent academic dishonesty see our Prevention section.
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