Academic Integrity

In progress

This guide is under development. If you need assistance with questions regarding academic integrity, contact your instructor, Department Chair or the Dean of Student's Office. 

WSU Student Code of Conduct

Faculty Academic Integrity Tutorial

Faculty Tutorial

This tutorial created by Northern Illinois University is an excellent way for faculty to learn about academic integrity and what they can do about it. It includes the following topics:

  • Definitions and Types
  • Causes,
  • Consequences,
  • How Students Commit Academic Dishonesty
  • Steps for Proactive Prevention
  • Designing Effective Course Activities
  • Conducting Exams
  • Addressing Incidents
  • Case Scenarios

Readings -- Why Students Cheat/Plagiarize

Power, L.G. (2009). University Students’ Perceptions of PlagiarismThe Journal of Higher Education 80(6), 643-662. 

Yeo, S. (2007). First-Year University Science and Engineering Students' Understanding of Plagiarism. Higher Education Research and Development, 26(2), 199-216.  

Camara, S. K., Eng-Ziskin, S., Wimberley, L., Dabbour, K. S., & Lee, C. M. (2017). Predicting Students' Intention to Plagiarize: An Ethical Theoretical Framework. Journal of Academic Ethics, 15(1), 43-58. 

McCoy, B. (2021). Why Students Cheat (It’s not them--it’s us): To tackle student cheating, we need to rethink assignments and classroom culture. Liberal Education107(1), 46–51.

Cleary, Michelle Navarre. (2017) TOP 10 Reasons Students Plagiarize & What Teachers Can Do about It (with Apologies to David Letterman)The Phi Delta Kappan 99(4), 66–71. 

Bailey, J. (2020, July 9). Why do students commit plagiarism? Plagiarism Today. Retrieved December 22, 2021, from

Defining and avoiding plagiarism: The WPA statement on best practices. Council of Writing
Program Administrators, (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2021, from

Miller, A., Shoptaugh, C., & Wooldridge, J. (2011). Reasons Not to Cheat, Academic-Integrity Responsibility, and Frequency of CheatingThe Journal of Experimental Education79(2), 169–184. 

Readings -- Encouraging Students to Use Office Hours

Chung, C., & Hsu, L. (2006). Encouraging Students to Seek Help: Supplementing Office Hours with a Course Center. College Teaching54(3), 253–258. 

Jackson, L. E., & Knupsky, A. (2015). "Weaning off of Email": Encouraging students to use office hours over email to contact professors. College Teaching, 63(4), 183-184. 

Griffin, W., Cohen, S. D., Berndtson, R., Burson, K. M., Camper, K. M., Chen, Y., & Smith, M. A. (2014). Starting the conversation: An exploratory study of factors that influence student office hour use. College Teaching, 62(3), 94-99.


Resources for Classroom Use