News you can use: Recent Research, Policy, and Practice

The week’s blog post features brief summaries of selected news items, publications, and programming on academic integrity over the last month. Each item was selected for its timeliness and relevance to the goals of the blog. I encourage you to explore the work of students, faculty, institutions, and policymakers. where possible, I have included links so that you can reach out for additional information. Interested in spotlighting your program or publication? Submit to the Integrity Matters Blog!

Policy in brief:

China has recently strengthened its fight against academic misconduct by formally publishing new standards defining plagiarism, fabrication, falsification and other violations of research integrity. As stated in the article “The document, issued by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, has been adopted by 20 government agencies ranging from China’s Supreme People’s Court to the Chinese Academy of Sciences”.


Lambton College Canada– Professors Khaled Nigim and Lois Nantais won best presented paper for Student Engagement in Capstone Projects through Integration of Technologies, Project Assessment and Academic Integrity. The paper focused on managing capstone projects in the college’s instrumentation and control engineering technology program and will be included in a future issue of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Information.


Tricia Bertram Gallant offers model resources for student affairs professionals who interact with academic integrity concerns on campus in her chapter, Academic Integrity and the Student Affairs Professional in the recently published book Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Affairs and Higher Education by Anne Hornak (Ed).

Cath Ellis, Karen van Haeringen, Rowena Harper, Tracey Bretag, Ian Zucker, Scott McBride, Pearl Rozenberg, Phil Newton & Sonia Saddiqui  investigate if authentic assessment constructs can assure academic integrity in their piece of the same name “ Does authentic assessment assure academic integrity? Evidence from contract cheating datain a recently published article  for Higher Education Research and Practice

Student Editorials:

Alexandra Thompson discusses the proliferation of contract cheating and ghostwriting in her feature article “Ghostwriting: More Prevalent than ever” for The Student Newspaper

Devan Desai uses a team metaphor to reinforce the importance of academic integrity and the Duke Honor code in an Op Ed for the Duke Chronicle.


Academic Integrity in Practice:

Colleagues at Mississippi State University host a Navigating the Honor Code: Testing Environments That Deter Cheating event for faculty as a collaboration between the Dean of Students office and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Student Academic Integrity Committee at the University of Minnesota has drafted a resolution to require academic integrity training for all incoming students. This collaborative opportunity includes students, faculty, instructional designers, and other staff to create this opportunity. A special focus on writing, cultural differences in student experience are included as priorities for the training module.

Director of Academic Integrity Josh de Groot shares techniques for promoting academic integrity and empowering faculty and students at the University of Southern Idaho.

Webster University is conducting focus groups for faculty and staff that will help assess success in meeting the individual program goals of the Plagiarism Prevention Program (PPP) and academic integrity initiatives.. According to the press release “The PPP stresses that academic honesty can be upheld by three key measures: understanding plagiarism, developing effective strategies in the writing process, and incorporating source material appropriately and with proper citation”.

The University of Buffalo recently created a new Office of Academic Integrity. The office was created in response to a stated need for greater accountability and consistency in resolving cases of academic misconduct. Among the feature of the new office, student will be able to enter into a remediation program what they can address issues of academic misconduct before the infraction becomes a part of the students official record.



About the Author
Ceceilia Parnther, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University. Her research interests include academic integrity education and college student success initiatives. Before joining the faculty, Ceceilia worked in student and academic affairs in various capacities including academic integrity, advisement, and student conduct. Among others, her most recent research is found in Innovative Higher Education, New Directions for Community Colleges, and The Journal of College Student Retention. Ceceilia’s blog posts are her own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies, or opinions of her employer.