Promoting Academic Integrity

Statistics and General Principles


  • 75% of college students admit to cheating.
  • 41% of college students admit to some form of cheating using the Internet.
  • One-third of faculty admit reluctance to take action against cheaters.
  • Cheating in college increased from 11% in 1963 to 49% in 1993.


  • 45% of EMU students indicate that they know a friend who committed academic dishonesty.
  • 10% of EMU students admit to some form of cheating using the Internet.
  • The number of academic integrity violations at EMU increases each year.

Click here to see data compiled by the Center of Academic Integrity.

See also “Students’ Perceptions of Ethics Using the Internet,” a study by Ronald F. Fulkert and Konnie Kustron, EMU and 2002 survey by EMU Student Conduct and Community Standards.


  • Educate yourself about your department’s policies and EMU’s definition of and policy on academic dishonesty (see this link).
  • Talk about the importance of academic integrity during the first week of class. Discuss the definition of plagiarism and cheating (see this link).
  • Make a statement in your syllabus defining and prohibiting any form of academic dishonesty and inform students of the penalty for violations. For example: "Any form of academic dishonesty will result in an failing grade (F) in the course and referral to Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action."


  • When faced with an incident of suspected academic dishonesty, contact SJS and/or your department for consultation. Next, document your observations, gather witness statements and confront the student about the allegation as soon as possible and in a private setting.
  • If the student’s response substantiates your suspicions, explain to the student what will happen (e.g. you will formally refer the case to SJS and make a grade determination following the findings of the SJS investigation).


  • It is important to report cases to SJS immediately following the incident. This creates a record of events should the student pursue a grade grievance or commit another infraction in the future and protects the instructor from allegations of retaliation down the road.
  • Even if the student acknowledges the conduct and you reach an agreement with the student regarding the academic penalty, be sure to provide at least an informal referral to SJS regarding the case.

To obtain more information or to receive Student Conduct and Community Standards’ faculty guide: “Promoting Academic Integrity,” call 487-2157 or e-mail: Jennifer.Schrage @


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