These statements can customized to suit the specific circumstances in a faculty member’s class. Further examples of syllabus statements may be found at the links on the Academic Honesty Resources page.

Sample VSU Academic Integrity Statement

Academic integrity is the responsibility of all VSU faculty and students. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Academic Integrity Policy as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct and this syllabus. All students are expected to do their own work and to uphold a high standard of academic ethics. Any violations of this policy may result in the academic penalties outlined in the syllabus and may also be referred to Student Affairs for further disciplinary action.

Sample AI Statement

VSU’s Academic Student Conduct Code states that “no student shall engage in plagiarism, which is presenting the words or ideas of another person as if they were the student’s own.” Content generated by an Artificial Intelligence third-party service or site (AI-generated content) without proper citation is another form of plagiarism. If you are unsure about whether something may be plagiarism or another form of academic dishonesty, please reach out to me as soon as possible.

Sample Turnitin Statement

By taking this course, you agree that all required course work may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin, a tool within BlazeVIEW. For more information on the use of Turnitin at VSU see Turnitin for Students.

Sample Syllabus Statement and Recommended BlazeVIEW Announcement

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Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. A student Quick Start Guide is also available.

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7
  • Mac: OS X 10.12 or higher
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration. Details.
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection
  • Respondus LockDown Browser must be installed on the computer you will be using to take the quiz. For instructions on how to install the Respondus LockDown Browser, see the Respondus Student Guide.

NOTE: Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor will not work on Chromebooks or other non-Windows/Mac devices.


To ensure LockDown Browser and the webcam are set up correctly, do the following before you begin your exam:

  • Start LockDown Browser
  • Locate and select the Help Center button on the LockDown Browser toolbar.
  • Run the Webcam Check and, if necessary, resolve any issues.
  • Run the System & Network Check. If a problem is indicated, see if a solution is provided in the Knowledge Base. If you require additional assistance, submit a ticket to Respondus at
  • Exit the Help Center, login to BlazeVIEW and locate the practice quiz in this course named [NOTE TO INSTRUCTOR: CREATE A BRIEF PRACTICE QUIZ AND INSERT NAME/LOCATION OF QUIZ].
  • Upon completing and submitting the practice quiz, exit LockDown Browser.

When taking an online exam that requires LockDown Browser and a webcam, remember the following guidelines:

  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
  • Turn off all other devices (e.g., tablets, phones, second computers) and place them outside of your reach
  • Clear your desk of all external materials not permitted — books, papers, other devices
  • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it and that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it
  • Remain at your computer for the duration of the test
  • If the computer or networking environment is different than what was used previously with the Webcam Check and System & Network Check in LockDown Browser, rerun the checks before starting the test
  • To produce a good webcam video, do the following:
    • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims
    • Ensure your computer or tablet is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT place the computer on your lap, a bed or other surface where the device (or you) are likely to move
    • If using a built-in webcam, avoid tilting the screen after the webcam setup is complete
    • Take the exam in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window
  • Remember that LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
  • Visit the Respondus Technical Support website for assistance with LockDown Browser or Monitor products, or use the Live Chat for assistance while testing with Respondus Monitor.