ICAI-McCabe Institutional Academic Integrity Survey

Colleges, Universities, and other institutions of higher learning are invited to participate in the largest student survey of academic integrity in the world.

The survey includes items designed to help faculty and administrators improve the academic integrity culture on campuses and online.

  • Determine rates of academic misconduct
  • Assess the climate of integrity
  • Understand student perspectives
Survey administration in the U.S. and Canada will begin in January, 2021, and continue throughout the year. World-wide administration is planned in the near future.


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Implement the survey on your campus and

● Gain actionable information straight from your students ●
● Compare your institution with other similar schools ●
● Set a baseline for evaluating future changes ●

Want to take part?
Email us survey@academicintegrity.org


In the early 1990s, Dr. Donald McCabe, of Rutgers University, conducted scholarly and assessment research into academic dishonesty. He surveyed students and faculty about their attitudes toward and actions regarding misconduct such as cheating, plagiarism, and unauthorized collaboration. This work was a major influence on the scholarly literature about academic integrity and was of great use to the dozens of institutions that collaborated with Dr. McCabe to conduct assessments.

When he retired, Dr. McCabe, who died in 2016, charged the International Center for Academic Integrity, the organization he helped to found, with continuing his research project. To that end and with his legacy in mind, a group of scholars and practitioners led by ICAI President Emeritus David Rettinger was formed to revise and reimagine the McCabe survey.

The group was charged with updating the survey to ensure that the data collected is of most use to both scholars for research and institutions for assessment. These revisions were made in consultation with the literature, leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of academic integrity and institutional assessment. Beyond this core group, ICAI members from diverse institutions around the world have participated in revising this survey and provided valuable feedback.

The Team
Professor Eric Anderman, The Ohio State University, College of Education & Human Ecology
Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, UC San Diego, Director, Academic Integrity Office
Dr. Melissa McTernan, Boston College, Research Statistician
Dr. Darragh McNally, University of Maryland Global Campus, Department of Academic Quality
Professor David Rettinger, University of Mary Washington, Psychological Science
Assoc. Professor Jason Stephens, University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Professor Holly Tatum, Randolph College, Psychological Science
Andrew Perry and Jacqueline von Spiegel, Doctoral Students at The Ohio State University

The Instrument
Using McCabe’s original study as a basis, the research team is creating an instrument with twin goals: first, the measures contained there will be validated, reliable, and available to scholars for research within the field. Second, the data we collect will be useful as an assessment tool for individual institutions and for policymakers at the state and national levels.

This survey is designed to assess students’ academic integrity behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs. It will include a detailed inventory of academic misconduct behavior; a scale assessing students’ perspectives of their campus’ climate of integrity including policies, faculty behavior, and the overall atmosphere; measures of attitudes toward school and academic dishonesty that have emerged from the literature; and demographics.

Following a validation study in 2020, institutions will be invited to participate in administering the final instrument in 2021. A national survey will be conducted, creating a benchmark for both national assessments and the opportunity for each institution to compare itself to the national sample and relevant groups of peer institutions. These data will also be securely stored for future use by institutions as part of their longitudinal assessments of academic integrity.

To take part in the assessment use the form on the right to submit your college or university’s contact information.


Institutions may enroll in the survey at any time.  Data collection for the final pretests is ongoing, which means that institutions may begin administering the survey at any time.  The final version should be ready for administration in May 2021 and data collection with that version will begin shortly thereafter.  The initial benchmarking dataset will close at the end of May 2022, so there is plenty of time to participate.  The survey will then be administered on a rolling basis indefinitely.

Nominate a School to Take Part

Use the form below to tell help us connect with a college or university that might be interested in conducting the 2021 ICAI-McCabe Institution Academic Integrity Survey with its students.
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  • Who should we contact to discuss survey administration?
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