Academic Integrity

UVM Policy: Code of Academic Integrity (PDF)

Tip sheet from UVM Writing in the Disciplines Plagiarism, Source Use, and Writing Ethics (PDF)

Rules regarding academic integrity can vary from country to country as can the strictness with which they are enforced. To make expectations clear:

  • It is helpful to include a link to UVM’s Code of Academic Integrity (PDF) in the course syllabus and to follow this with a few words in class to underscore the importance of these rules and how they will be enforced in your course. For example, exactly what is prohibited by a term like ‘collusion’ may not be obvious given that some kinds of student-to-student sharing of ideas is typically encouraged.
  • This page on the UVM Knowledge Base offers a two-question Blackboard quiz asking students to agree to abide by the academic integrity policy.
  • International students may not be familiar with the kinds of learning support available on campus or may be uncertain when it is appropriate or permitted to use them. It is helpful to be explicit about the campus learning support services available to them and specifically direct students to use them where relevant.
  • Given the great variation in academic citation expectations across disciplines, from country to country, and even from one type of assignment to another, it is helpful to be clear regarding your expectations (and the specific citation style you require, where relevant).
  • Giving students a reminder just before an exam about UVM’s Code of Academic Integrity, and the consequences of violating it by engaging in plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, or cheating, may help to deter cheating behaviors.