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UC San Diego Academic Integrity Handbook for Staff

If you are a new UC San Diego employee, or new to academic integrity, and you will be working with faculty or students, please explore our AI Handbook for staff. Use the bookmarks in the top right corner of the Adobe Reader to navigate to your specific points of interest.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Bertram Gallant is available to consult with faculty, teaching assistants, and staff on academic integrity issues, including: 

  • Creating a learning environment in the classroom
  • Writing an academic integrity statement for your class
  • Preventing cheating
  • Enhancing academic integrity in the classroom
  • Talking about academic integrity in your syllabi
  • Handling academic misconduct

E-mail her at tbg@ucsd.edu to schedule an appointment. 

Take the Academic Integrity Tutorial

This online learning experience introduces students to the fundamental values of academic integrity and presents scenarios to help students understand how violations of integrity might occur. All new (matriculated) students must take the tutorial in their first quarter, but any student can go through the tutorial anytime. 

The tutorial can be found at http://canvas.ucsd.edu

Matriculated students in their first quarter (mandated completion) will have a specific Tutorial Cohort added to their CANVAS page in Week 0 of Fall quarter. Students will need to log in with their Student SSO username and password.

Extension/Concurrent Enrollment students (also mandated completion) should go directly to the URL provided to them to complete it. Extension/Concurrent Enrollment students with questions should contact concurrent@ucsd.edu.

Faculty and staff can log in to Canvas with their active directory accounts if they'd like to see the Tutorial.

Borrow from the Academic Integrity Library

Housed within the AI Office is an extensive library of literature on academic integrity, ethics, character education, and higher education. Anyone is able to borrow books from our library. Comfortable, living room, style furniture, as well as table and chairs are available for reading in-house as well!

Schedule a Presentation or Workshop

Complete our online form to request one of the following programs for students, faculty, staff, or instructional assistants. We can also tailor any program, presentation or workshop, or create an entirely new one, to meet the needs of your specific group.  For any questions and/or clarification contact the AI Office at aio@ucsd.edu.

Instructional Assistants Training

The AI Office can deliver training to teaching assistants, tutors and readers to help them understand academic integrity, prevent cheating, and recognize and respond to cheating. Presentations can be as short as 15 minutes, but longer, interactive, presentations or workshops are recommended. We suggest 60-90 minutes.

Student Presentations/Workshops

The AI Office can deliver presentations or workshops to students for on-campus organizations or in classes (at the request of faculty).

  • What is Academic Integrity?
    • This is our basic presentation which covers the essentials of academic integrity, defining for students the standards at UCSD. (10-45 minutes)
  • Bystander Intervention Training
    • How do I decide whether to give my friend my old lab report? Should I let my roommate sit next to me in the exam when I know she’s under pressure? I know someone’s cheating, what do I do? These are the types of questions students struggle through when trying to Excel with Integrity. This presentation/workshop will teach students a Bystander Intervention model (adapted from UCSD Care) they can use to help them act ethically in the face of stress and pressure (overview presentation: 20 minutes; workshop: 60-90 minutes)

Faculty Presentations/Workshops

The AI Office can deliver presentations or workshops to faculty.

  • Creating an Ethical Classroom
    • There are four things that faculty can do to create an ethical classroom, thereby reducing cheating and enhancing academic integrity: communicating integrity, creating space for integrity, integrating ethics, and responding to cheating. In this presentation/workshop, faculty will learn these techniques so that they can implement them immediately (overview presentation: 60 minutes; workshop: half day to 2 full days)
  • Communicating Integrity
    • How do I talk about academic integrity with my students? Is there a way that I can seamlessly incorporate the conversation into my class? What should I say in my syllabus? These are all common questions that faculty have. In this presentation, faculty will be exposed to basic and easy to implement options for communicating integrity to their students. Follow-up consultations on syllabus, lectures and documents can be scheduled. (30 min presentation)
  • Preferred Practices for Helping Students Excel with Integrity
    • What is the best way to enhance integrity in my large class exams? How do I explain academic integrity to a diverse student body? Is there a way to prevent and detect contract cheating? Presentations can be requested to answer these questions and expand on our popular Preferred Practice newsletter series. (presentations: 30-90 minutes, depending on how many topics to be addressed)
  • Using Alternative Pedagogies to Enhance Integrity in the Classroom
    • Dr. Bertram Gallant published a book in 2008 (Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century) that positioned academic integrity as a teaching and learning, rather than a conduct, issue. As a follow-up to that premise, this presentation introduces faculty to the alternative pedagogical techniques (e.g., team-based learning; peer instruction) that can be used to reduce cheating and enhance integrity, as well as increase learning and rejuvenate the excitement of teaching. (presentations: 60-90 minutes)
  • Responding to Cheating
    • What do I do if I suspect a student has cheated in my class? This is perhaps the most stressful situation an instructor can face. In this presentation, we will help faculty reframe the situation so that it can be a positive learning experience for all involved parties. Faculty will also learn what they need to do to effectively and efficiently document and respond to the cheating. (presentations: 60-90 minutes)

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