Resources for Faculty

Promoting Academic Integrity

The value of an education at Iowa State University depends greatly upon the quality of academic work and research completed by students at our institution. Each member of the Iowa State community has an opportunity to play an important role in promoting and preserving integrity on campus. Students may make a personal decision to engage in a dishonest act, but there are ways in which faculty and instructors can design assignments to discourage plagiarism and other academic misconduct.

To promote integrity and deter dishonest academic work, it may be useful to consider including a statement of expectations and consequences related to academic misconduct in your course syllabus.

There are also a variety of strategies and practices that can be implemented for use with writing assignments and testing to discourage dishonest academic work in your classroom.

Responding to Academic Misconduct

If you believe that a dishonest act has occurred in your course, there are specific steps to take in resolving a matter such as this. The Iowa State University Faculty senate has established procedures for addressing and reporting incidents of academic misconduct in the classroom. The following six-steps are a basic outline of what is recommended. Faculty members who have questions regarding the judicial process and the reporting procedures can refer to these procedures.

  1. Arrange for an opportunity to meet with the student and discuss your conclusions.
  2. Allow the student to provide their side of the story, and ask if they admit or deny responsibility for the misconduct.
  3. If they deny responsibility, do not yet assign a grade for the assignment or course.
  4. If they admit the misconduct, you may assign a grade according to your discretion and what you may have outlined in your syllabus.
  5. Refer the case and information to the Dean of Students Office, including related materials such as emails, exams, essays, & websites.
  6. When an outcome is determined by the Dean of Students Office, you will be notified and apprised of the conclusions.

Reporting academic misconduct to the Dean of Students Office may be done via email or campus mail. Faculty members who have a case of misconduct to refer to the Dean of Students Office may use the ACADEMIC DISHONESTY REFERRAL LETTER TEMPLATE as a template for submitting information.

Students must also refrain from engaging in research misconduct, which is fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results. Such conduct is prohibited by Iowa State University's Research Misconduct policy. Faculty members are encouraged to consult with Iowa State's Research Integrity Officer to determine whether the procedures in the Research Misconduct policy apply to a particular situation.

Any questions regarding the referral process may be directed to the Office of Student Conduct at (515) 294-1021.