Learn more about our mission to define academic integrity as a commitment in education. Browse resources, such as the International Journal for Educational Integrity, the stages of institutional development, and K-12 / high-school academic integrity resources. Also, see student-made awareness posters and find tutorials and workshops for university and high-school levels.
International Journal for Educational Integrity
Tracey Bretag, Editor
Director, Office for Academic Integrity
University of South Australia (Business School)
A Note from the Editor
“The International Journal for Educational Integrity is a leading journal promoting research into academic integrity. It focuses on a wide range of academic integrity issues, such as contract cheating, ghostwriting, and the need for schools to collaborate with quality assurance, regulatory, and funding bodies to address this global issue.
Authors are encouraged to use the IJEI to publish innovative research that identifies the contexts and causes of contract cheating and provides evidence-based solutions. I look forward to receiving your submissions.”
– Tracey Bretag, DEd, University of South Australia
Director of Academic Integrity Office
Stages of Institutional Development
Conceptualizing four stages of institutional development allows educational organizations to comprehend and distinguish their relative positions regarding their organization of academic integrity.
Stage One, Primitive: a school with no or minimal policy or procedures where there is great variation in faculty and administrative handling of cheating.
Stage Two, Radar Screen: a school where cheating, the perceived weakness of academic integrity policies, and fundamental concerns with the consistency and fairness of existing practices have risen to public debate. Stage two is characterized by early efforts, usually led by administration, to put a policy and procedures into effect, often for fear of litigation.
Stage Three, Mature: a school where academic integrity policies and procedures are known and widely, but not universally, supported. Continuing efforts occur to socialize new faculty and students to the academic integrity policy, and it is used frequently by faculty, in particular.
Stage Four, Honor Code: a school where students take a major responsibility in implementing the integrity policy and there is wide recognition that the code distinguishes the school and leads to lower cheating and plagiarism rates than non-code schools.
Stage four is not necessarily the best. Most institutions can get to stage three, and a few can create and sustain stage four. Stage four is heuristic so that institutions may learn what kinds of campus cultures can sustain integrity. Stage three schools, in particular, should strive to emulate the advantages of student empowerment seen in stage four schools. Prudence dictates that “the best is the enemy of the good” so great care in attempting to move to stage four is required. Stage three is a realistic and desirable stage for most institutions.
Institutions should engage in planning that identifies their current stage of development and the obstacles and opportunities in moving to the next stage.
Suggested Resources for High Schools – For Developing a Culture of Integrity
What Are High School Students Like?
There are several resources to help faculty, staff, and administrators at the K-12 level develop or refine their academic integrity programs and policies. Excerpts from a few of these resources can be found on this page, with information on how to access the resources in full.
K-12 Honor Code Development Stages
former Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Andrew’s School
Ph.D., honor council advisor at the Westminster Schools
High School Honor Codes
The School for Ethical Education, led by David Wangaard, Ed.D., hosts a large number of honor code resources for secondary, junior high, and middle schools. Those academic integrity policies can be found on their Integrity Works! site. Click here to view them, or view some samples below!
- Unauthorized Collaboration: What Students Need To Know
- Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art of Scholarship
Visit their website for a wide collection of publications for both students and faculty!