General Information

The International Center for Academic Integrity and

Melrose Training held their first regional International Conference on Academic Integrity to in Cape Town,

South Africa in September 2014.

Academic Integrity and Security:
Positive and Proactive Approaches


The challenges of maintaining integrity in academic environments have always been considerable, but the increasing complexity of political and social issues in the 21st century, including civil unrest and protests, unprecedented societal change, and widespread allegations of political and corporate corruption complicate the situation even further.

Teachers and scholars need strategies for promoting integrity in increasingly demanding contexts. This conference will highlight positive approaches to establishing, promoting, and protecting communities of integrity in these challenging times, especially in the developing world.

Thursday - Friday, September 18-19, 2014

Protea Sea Point Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa


At academic institutions worldwide, increasing attention is being paid to the extent to which the marks, credentials, and degrees granted by academic institutions can be relied upon as accurate representations of students’ experiences and achievements. Questions are being asked about what institutions are doing to ensure that their processes are free from corruption, fraud, and cheating. In order to protect the value and relevance of university credentials as well as to fulfill their educational missions, university leaders are looking for ways in improve the climate of integrity on their campuses.

Conference Overview
Integrity is essential to all elements of education and scholarship. Without integrity, research cannot be trusted, academic credentials cannot be relied upon, and degrees and diplomas lose their value. To guard against that, it is necessary for us to articulate and enact the values that underpin educational standards and practices. This conference will help participants identify and recognize threats to integrity that may undermine or interfere with institutional effectiveness and then develop positive and proactive approaches to cultivating communities of integrity that include faculty, students, and staff.

Speakers and Panelists

Professor Brian O'Connell
Vice Chancellor & Rector - University of Western Cape
Location: Cape Town, South Africa


Professor O’Connell has been a professional educator for 41 years, serving as a Teacher, Principal, Rector (Head) of a Teacher Education College, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, Vice-Rector at Peninsula Technikon and Superintendent-General (Head) of the Western Cape Provincial Education Department with more than 1million students and 2000 schools. Since 2001 he has been the Vice-Chancellor and Rector (President) of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he is also a Professor in Education Leadership and Management.

He has a B.A degree and Education Diploma from the University of the Western Cape, a B.A Honours in History (cum laude) from UNISA, and MA and MEd degrees from Columbia University in New York. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has also received study grants from the British Council and the Anglo American Chairman's fund. In May 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Professor Brian O'Connell has served on the boards of scores of community and state organisations. These include: the Harold Wolpe Trust, SAQA (South African Qualification Authority), the Centre for the Book, the Golden Arrow Foundation (Chair for 3 years), NEPI (National Education Policy Initiative), and NBFET (National Board for Further Education and Training). Professor Brian O'Connell co-authored the National Education Policy Initiative's report on Teacher Education and has written extensively on education and the legacy of apartheid. He was also Chair of the History Teaching Society for 6 years. He is a noted public speaker and has made hundreds of speeches and presentations from community to state level in Africa and abroad.

Ellen Goldberg
Programme Director, Integrity Education, Integrity Action
Location: Jerusalem, Israel



The Carrot and the Stick – The Advantages of an Integrity Approach over Compliance

Who wants to be constantly nagged about following the rules?  Not me.  We all need to know the rules and follow them, but a positive focus on nurturing integrity gives us a holistic approach towards building an institutional environment with a level playing field, where we are all accountable, competent and behaving ethically with positive and productive outcomes. There is a difference in what you can accomplish with integrity rather than compliance alone.  This session will delve into these issues, with clear distinctions between an integrity system and a compliance-based system.


Ellen Goldberg is a highly versatile and energetic professional with close to two decades of experience in executive management. She served as Associate Director of the New Israel Fund (a human rights and social justice organization) in Jerusalem and most recently as the Executive Director of the same fund in London.

Ellen is particularly well versed in management duties such as project management (especially in the areas of strategic planning and evaluation), knowledge management and financial management (having undertaken the overhaul of financial systems).

In terms of her academic credentials, she has a BA specializing in Government and an MPA from Harvard University. Ellen previously worked piloting and developing social services in diverse communities in Israel, served as a researcher and editor for the Harvard Institute of International Development.


She has been a successful fundraiser, and has a wide network of contacts in London and Jerusalem, where Integrity Action’s main offices are situated. Ellen loves movies and traveling, and has a bus-driving and taxi license. Ellen joined Integrity Action in February 2011 as a Senior Programme Manager for the Integrity Education Network.

Professor Selvanathan Naidoo
Location: Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa


Selvanathan Naidoo holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Buckingham University College, among other academic credentials. His employment history dates back to 1975 when he was an Examinations Officer and a Senior Examinations Officer at University of Durban-Westville. He then moved to Mangosuthu University of Technology in 1994, assuming the position of Principal Student Registration and Records Officer.

Over the years he became the Acting Assistant Registrar, HOD: Examinations, and subsequently the university's Registrar. In this current position, Selvanathan's key performance areas include governance and regulatory compliance, academic administration and management, and strategic development and execution. He is also the secretary of the following committees at the university: University Executive Management Committee, Executive Committee of the Academic Board, Student Appeals Committee and the Calendar & Time Table Committee.


Will Murray
Senior Vice President, Turnitin
Location: United Kingdom


Will is the Senior Vice President of Product and International at Turnitin, managing the International office headquartered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and leading on product management for the global company across both UK and US offices. The International team has secured almost 100% of UK universities as Turnitin customers as well as achieving significant adoption of the software internationally.

Formerly the CEO of nLearning Ltd, long standing reseller of Turnitin, Will joined the company in October 2010 when nLearning Ltd was acquired by iParadigms LLC. iParadigms employs over 200 staff in the US and UK with a network of over 100 in-country representatives working through agents worldwide. He has more than a decade of experience in the higher education sector, working both as a principal lecturer in Computing and Informatics and running an e-Learning services department for a large UK university. As a founder member of the Plagiarism Advisory Service, Will presided over the national JISC-funded project for the successful roll-out of Turnitin to all UK institutions.

He remains committed to advocating a holistic strategy to plagiarism prevention via, which has a growing network of academics now spanning every continent and has established the world’s largest international conference on plagiarism showcasing best practices to a worldwide audience (


Dr. Venicia McGhie
Academic Development Practitioner
Location: University of Western Cape, South Africa


Venicia McGhie holds a PhD in Education from the University of Stellenbosch, a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape, a Diploma in Public Relations Practice and various other certificates. Her areas of specialisation are Critical Linguistics, Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition.


She is an academic development practitioner. Working with students is her passion, and trying to empower students to believe in themselves, her mission. Her other interest is research methodology and conducting research with the view to affect change in people's lives.

Gina Cinali
Office of Institutional Effectiveness, American University in Dubai
Location: Dubai, UAE



“Honesty and Integrity  - Honor and Trust. Clash of Cultures, Clash of Civilizations?Can we arrive at a baseline for integrity?


Most writings on Academic Integrity are presented from a "western perspective" - often anchored in "Judeo-Christian" values derived from scripture - "Thou shalt not steal - Thou shalt not lie".  Intuitively, most individuals, from most cultures, may nod in agreement.  Juxtaposed are other cultural values - honor, commitment, loyalty - to family, tribe, country: "We help one another", "we stand shoulder to shoulder".   In a global world, the values merge.  "It's all about the team", "together we are stronger", "be honest", AND "Do the right thing".    Coupled with this: a dichotomy between individual and community - feelings of "us versus them",   values of "critical thinking" and "rote memorization" and it is easy to see why Academic and Institutional Integrity appear lofty yet somewhat illusive goals for most caring professionals.   At this conference, perhaps we can arrive at a baseline - a minimal threshold - definition of Integrity, below which NO "culture" is willing to dip?    An invitation to discussion.


Gina Cinali works in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at the American University of Dubai. Formerly she has served as Associate Vice President, Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Accreditation and Faculty member at the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Executive Director of Academic Budget and Planning at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, as Executive Director of Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Testing at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and as Institutional Development Director and Instructor in Political Science at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.



Evangeline Litsa Mourelatos
Professor of English and Modern Languages, American College of Greece, Deree
Location: Deree, Greece



“Given the use of plagiarism detection software such as Turnitin by academic institutions to combat the growing international issue of online plagiarism, more students are turning  to the 'underground' world of ghostwriting to procure the 'products' of their education, undermining the very core of institutional missions. As a first step to responding to this challenge, educators need to understand the workings of the ghostwriting business so that they can assist their institutions in creating measures to endorse communities of integrity. Rather than feel that they can do little to counter this blatant type of misconduct, educators can face the threat to institutional effectiveness by developing proactive and positive policies and procedures to combat it and endorse integrity.​”


Evangeline Litsa Mourelatos has been a member of the ACG English Department since 1986. For a good part of her teaching career, she has taught courses in academic writing but has also taught or still teaches courses in the humanities, literature, language, public speaking, and a team-taught interdisciplinary course on literature and philosophy with a colleague from Philosophy.


Litsa has also enjoyed tutoring at The DEREE Writing Center for many years. Since January 2013 she serves as the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages.


Litsa’s main research is in Academic Integrity, an area on which she has made presentations repeatedly. She attends international conferences on the subject and in 2011, she presented with an undergraduate DEREE student at a conference in Toronto, Canada. In 2013, while attending a US conference to present a paper, she also participated in an international panel on ‘Corruption in Education.’

Paul Ochieng'
Dean of Students
Location: Strathmore University, Kenya


As Dean of Students, Paul’s sits on the university senate and been involved in coming up with rules and regulations that govern the university for the last 9 years. He has 15 years of experience in university administration and management, and between 1998 and 2005, served as Course Director for professional courses and Director of Degree programmes all at Strathmore University. Previously Paul worked for the European Union on one of their Somaliland projects where he helped them establish a veterinary school in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

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