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Academic Honesty (Board of College Discipline)

Faculty-focused guide developed to supplement Engaging Conversations: Honesty (May 19, 2010), plus a growing collection of professional ethics statements related to disciplines studied at Rhode Island College.

Cheating - it's a dirty business ...

Bathroom Basics: ask to be excused, and in the restroom ...

1) look up the answers on your internet-capable cell phone

2) phone or text a friend for help

3) check the answer sheet you posted under the sink in the handicapped stall

4) check the answer sheet you posted in the sanitary napkin disposal bin

Cheating - it's thirsty work...

1) remove the label from your bottled water and replace part of it with the hints you printed on transparency material

2) insert hints in your traveling coffee cup

Keeping in touch with your creative side

1) use your cell phone as in the bathroom examples above or ...

2) pre-load answers and prompts into the message or notes section of your phone.

3) if the class is a large lecture or multiple sections jointly taking a common exam, have a friend take the test for you (some faculty will only accept the test in such situations if the student also presents a photo ID)

Some tips from colleagues

Helpful pro-active measures in the classroom to promote academic honesty:

  • No hats, coats, water/soda bottles, coffee cups, candy or food items etc. during exams.
  • No items on the desk except writing utensils & erasers during exams – all personal items left at the front of the classroom.
  • If needed, give scrap paper out and retrieve it after the exam.
  • No taping or items on desks during exam reviews.
  • Have students take a number as they walk in for exams and sit at the desk with the corresponding number on it – prevents friends from sitting next to each other.
  • Have students bring their RIC IDs if testing in large lecture halls with large numbers of students.
  • Have them sign a pre-printed pledge on the front of the exam appealing to their academic honesty.

[Karen Hetzel - Nursing]