Think about ways that cheating can be prevented on your assignments and tests and develop a plan for how you will handle the situation if it occurs. In the columns below, you will find helpful tips to help you address cheating before the violation happens, in the moment that it is occurring, or after the fact when the assignment or exam has already been submitted.
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Touch base with your department chair and other faculty to better understand departmental practices related to cheating. Prevent academic dishonesty from happening by incorporating the following suggestions into your class:
The course syllabus should include a statement about academic misconduct and be sure to include information about your own policy. More information on academic misconduct can be found in the MSU Billings Student Policies & Procedures Handbook, which is available here: Code of Student Conduct: Academic Misconduct. Consider having students sign an agreement to the syllabus contents.
Academic Support Center:
The ASC is a great resource for students. Their staff can assist students in learning how to properly credit sources to avoid being accused of plagiarism.
Allow students to submit papers to Turnitin in order to check for originality and fix any potential problems prior to submission for grade.
Design assignments and exams so they are cheat-proof! Consider giving exams with short essay responses instead of true/false, fill-in-the-blank, or multiple choice questions. Frequent low-stakes quizzes minimizes the likelihood of cheating compared to offering high-stakes infrequent exams. Prepare different versions of exams or utilize a question shuffle option for online tests.
Have students perform an in-class writing assignment so that you will have a writing sample to compare with on future assignments.
Take proactive steps before and during any exams to minimize cheating.
You just noticed a student who is cheating on an exam. What can you do?
Read "Cheating: Preventing and Dealing with Academic Dishonesty" for some helpful info.
Sometimes you become suspicious of cheating after the paper, assignment, or exam has been submitted.
Consider these tips: