Faculty Syllabus Checklist for Plagiarism Prevention Policies and Procedures

Donald L. McCabe, Linda Trevino, Linda Kelbe, and Kenneth Dr. Butterfield in “Cheating in Academic Institutions: A Decade of Research,” which appeared in Ethics and Behavior 11.3 (July 2001), report that students need for instructors to “clearly communicate expectations (e.g. regarding behavior that constitutes appropriate conduct and behavior that constitutes cheating).”

With the above aim in mind, all faculty members should consider the following questions in developing academic honesty policies and procedures for their syllabi.

*Do you discuss with your students why academic honesty is important and why students need to follow these policies and practices?

See The Importance of Academic Honesty in a University Community

*Does your syllabus provide your definition of what constitutes plagiarism?

See the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s definition.

Additional definitions and examples of plagiarism (and strategies to prevent it) are available at the following sites:

*Do you provide any examples to help students understand problems associated with plagiarism such as the following:

  • the failure to provide citations or to provide correct citations, according to your discipline’s style sheet? 
  • the failure to distinguish between paraphrase and citation?
  • he overuse of quoted/summarized/paraphrased material (even if cited appropriately)?
  • the re-use of a student’s own original work already submitted for another assignment or class?

*Do you inform students about VSU’s policies and procedures for academic dishonesty?

See Academic Honesty Policies and Procedures

*Does your syllabus describe what penalties you use for plagiarism and/or the misuse of sources:

  • failure (or a 0) for the assignment?
  • deduction of a certain number of points?
  • failure for the class?
  • a requirement to rewrite and resubmit?
  • submission of an “Academic Integrity Report”?

*Does your syllabus explain that you may use plagiarism prevention software to check the originality of their written work?

Sample: 
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

*Does your syllabus explain how students will use Turnitin in your class?

                See “Faculty Syllabus Instructions for the Use of Turnitin