Academic Integrity and Remote Teaching

The commitment of the University of Saskatchewan to academic integrity and fair assessment remains in place during this time of remote and online learning.

As instructors, here are key points for academic integrity:

  • You should explain your rules again, or any shift in your rules, for assessments.  Clear understanding by students improves students’ academic integrity.
  • You should explain the reason for the rules and how the rules improve learning and/or make the assessment more fair.  Transparency about purpose and decisions improves students’ academic integrity.
  • You should avoid statements focused exclusively on penalties – these are ineffective at deterring dishonesty.   Instead, commit to following up on academic misconduct concerns as per university policy and out of respect to all the students who are maintaining their academic integrity.
  • You should appeal to the (1) relationship between instructor and student, and (2) the value of the learning itself.  Both have been found to be far more effective at promoting academic integrity.

 You can use a formalized statement, it could be used as an attachment to any submitted assessments.  These will be most impactful if sent with the instructors name and particular assessment details included.  The more personal the matter of academic integrity, the more likely it will be maintained. See attached sample and word document template.

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