Academic Integrity Training

Academic Integrity (AI) Training refers to a variety of learning opportunities that offer space for students to reflect on and grow from their experience through the Academic Integrity process. The workshops and seminars offered as part of the AI Training menu each offer structured spaces for developing new skills and deepening knowledge. AI Training takes advantage of the learning opportunity to focus on helping students process what has happened, leverage their experiences for growth, and apply their learning to the rest of their academic and professional careers.

Below you will find a step by step outline on how to successfully complete your assigned AI training(s). Please follow each step below. Keep in mind that as an individual student, you have requirements and deadlines assigned to you.  Be sure to carefully read all letters and university communications to ensure that you know what is required of you and when your deadlines are.

The administration of AI training requirements is done through Canvas.  Once a student is sanctioned, they are added to our AIO Canvas Organization.  Information about how to complete sanctions and enroll in seminars and workshops can all be found on the Canvas site.

*Note: Some students may have completed some of their requirements prior to receiving notification that they were added to the Canvas ORG.  If this is true for you, you do not need to repeat those completed sanctions. Simply complete the remaining items through Canvas.

 

Step #1 Complete Your Universal Pre-Requisites

All students are assigned to one or more of the four AI Training requirements (i.e., Academic Integrity Seminar, Collaborating with Integrity Workshop, Strategies & Tools to Prevent Plagiarism Workshop, &/or How to Paraphrase Effectively (Writing with Sources) Workshop). Before you can enroll in your AI Training requirement(s), you must complete the following 3 pre-requisites within 10 business days from the date on your sanction letter: 

Pre-Requisite #1: Complete the Pre-AI Training Assessment

Please go to the Canvas site.  There you will find a link to complete your Pre-AI Training Assessment.

Pre-Requisite #2: Write your Telling Your Story (TYS) Assignment

Purpose

  1. To provide you a structured opportunity to reflect on the situation that has led to your participation in any of the four trainings

  2. To practice talking about your academic integrity violation with others

Assignment

First, think of someone whom you respect or admire and/or someone who has a "stake" in your academic integrity violation. This could be the Instructor of the course in which the violation occurred, your favorite high school teacher, a parent, a current or future employer, or a future admissions counselor (perhaps for graduate school, medical school, law school, etc.). If you are going to be applying for a job or graduate school and are worried about having to tell them about this violation, the employer or “admissions counselor” would be a great choice for this assignment.

Second, you will compose a letter to that person. In that letter, you should:

  1. Tell the story of events that led to the violation (see below: Further Tips to Complete Assignment). 
  2. Consider the factors that contributed to the situation. What went wrong? What could have been done better? Which aspects are under your control and which are not? 
  3. Pose questions that you still have about the violation, the consequences, or future ramifications you may experience as a result of the violation.
  4. Ask the imagined recipient for advice that could help you move forward and recover from this experience. (Think about what might be helpful in avoiding situations like this in the future or in making better decisions and try to ask for advice that will move in that direction).

Further Tips to Complete Assignment

Your story of the violation and the events leading up to the violation can include characters, character dialogue, realistic details, vivid descriptions (Renner, 1994), as well as a plot with “a beginning, a middle, and an end” (Herreid, 1998, ¶4). Such stories are used to facilitate reflection on a personal experience as well as stimulate dialogue, encourage analysis and critical thinking, and consider multiple points of views. 

You can begin the writing process by reflecting on and writing out responses to the following questions:

  1. What was your integrity policy violation, that is, the “problem”? Write out your description.
  2. Who was involved, that is, who are the main characters? Obviously you are one, but who are the others? The instructor, a teaching assistant, classmates, roommate, parent, friend, etc.? What roles did they play in the case? Describe the characters and their roles. Don’t forget to use pseudonyms so your case is anonymous.
  3. What was the sequence of events that led to the integrity policy violation? Reconstruct how you came to the final action that led to the academic misconduct allegation. For example, “The instructor assigned us a research paper on global warming. Within a week, I had all of the sources I needed to write the paper, but because of other assignments and my job, I left the reading to the week the paper was due. I read all of the material in one night, copying and pasting stuff from the material into my paper. Then, the next night I went back to the paper and started writing and paraphrasing the material; I was up until 3:00 a.m., but I got the paper done. Then, a week after I submitted the paper, I was told by the professor that I had plagiarized and was being reported for academic misconduct!”
  4. Identify the beginning, middle and end of your story—now read it as if you were someone else. What additional details—vivid descriptions—can you provide to help the reader understand the story? For example:
    • Beginning —“I was totally not into writing this research paper because I do not care about the topic and I had never written a research paper before, so I was clueless on how to start”;
    • Middle —“I was so tired when trying to write the paper that I became angry at having to even do the assignment”; and
    • End —“My reaction was that the professor was crazy and out to get me, and I was worried about how this would affect my grade in the course.”

Incorporate the above information into a concise narrative that gets across the main points of your situation while being interesting and dynamic.

Save your TYS as a .doc, .docx or a .pdf. Please note that your assignment will be uploaded it to Turnitin, so please make sure that your submission is text-parsable. 

For information on how to submit your Telling your Story (TYS) assignment, proceed to Pre-Requisite #3.

Pre-Requisite #3: Schedule & Attend 1:1 Peer Meeting

On the Canvas site, you will complete two tasks for this Pre-Requisite:

  1. Upload your TYS assignment
    • Make sure the assignment includes your full name and PID
    • This letter should be at least 500 words in order to address the purpose of this assignment
    • Make sure that you upload a readable document (i.e. .doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. Make your 1:1 appointment with a peer educator
    • Canvas has a link that will take you to the scheduling software
    • Your one-on-one should take place before you are scheduled to attend any workshop or AI Seminar
    • Write down your appointment
    • If there are no appointment times that fit your schedule, please email aio@ucsd.edu. Please include your full name, PID, and reason you cannot schedule an appointment. Make sure to do this prior to your 10-day deadline.

You must upload your TYS assignment before scheduling your 1:1 appointment with a peer educator.

After you have complete all 3 Universal Pre-Requisites, you will be able to enroll in the AI Seminar. This can be done in the AI Seminar Module on Canvas. If you enroll in a seminar before completing your pre-requisites, you will be dropped from the seminar and asked to re-enroll after you have completed them.

TO FINISH PRE-REQUISITE #3, you must attend your scheduled 1:1 peer educator appointment. Your appointment date may fall outside of the 10 business day deadline, but must occur BEFORE your first scheduled workshop or AI Seminar meeting.

  • Be sure you arrive on time (include travel time)
  • Be prepared to talk about your TYS. Also, make sure to prepare any questions you may have
  • If you miss or are late for your appointment with a peer educator, you may be assessed a $25 Training Seminar No-Show or Late fee. This may also cause you to miss your AI Training deadlines, which can bring another fee and a hold to your account.

NOTE: If you were assigned to complete the Collaborating with Integrity Workshop or the Strategies & Tools to Prevent Plagiarism Workshop, go to the relevant module on Canvas. You will need to complete Step 1, the online module(s), within 10 business days of receiving your sanction letter. Failure to do so may result in additional fees and a hold placed on your account.

 

Step #2: Complete Your AI Training

Once you've completed your Universal Pre-Requisites, you must complete whichever AI Training requirements were assigned to you (in your sanction letter). Find the module(s) for each of your requirements on Canvas. Information and enrollment links can be found within each module: 

AI Seminar

Collaborating with Integrity Workshop

Strategies & Tools to Prevent Plagiarism Workshop

How to Paraphrase Effectively (Writing with Sources) Workshop

 

Step #3: Complete Your Post-AI Training Assessment

After you have completed all of your required AI Training, you must complete a Post-AI Training assessment. The link to complete the assessment can be found on Canvas under the Post-AI Training Assessment Module. Your AI Training will not be marked as complete until the Post-AI Training Assessment is complete.

Note: This assessment MUST be completed AFTER you have submitted all required assignments and attended all required meetings assigned to you for your AI Training. So, if you are assigned to multiple AI Training opportunities (e.g., AI Seminar & Collaboration Workshop), wait until you have completed everything before doing the Post-AI Training Assessment.