Academic Integrity

Most undergraduates at UConn have taken a First-Year Writing course, and they should be well versed in the procedures for properly incorporating researched information into their papers, yet experience warns us that—whether they are freshmen or seniors—several students need refreshers on this topic.  For example, students typically know that they must cite direct quotations, but many are not so sure about citing material they have paraphrased or summarized from outside sources.

In order to mitigate any confusion, consider using class time to review your course’s citation style, familiarize students with UConn’s plagiarism policies (see Plagiarism Resources | University Libraries), and emphasize the consequences of committing plagiarism in your course.  Consider asking your students to complete this interactive Plagiarism module.

Note that students can also work with tutors in the Writing Center (Writing Center: Home) if they have any questions about information literacy or academic integrity in writing.  The Writing Center provides walk-in sessions and appointments.

Don’t forget, too, about the option to have students submit their papers via SafeAssign on HuskyCT.  This tool both deters students from committing plagiarism and helps you to identify plagiarism in papers.  See this link  for Information on Using SafeAssign.

For more information, contact the Institute for Teaching and Learning.