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Academic Honesty

In an effort to align course expectations with UGA’s mission to promote academic honesty, it is important for faculty to include clear and consistent instructions for all course assignments. Below are strategies to help. You can also download a PDF copy of this page by clicking here.


Without a preventative plan in place from the start of a course it is harder to deal with academic dishonesty if it is encountered later. Below are three ways to practice prevention when creating an online course.

Be Proactive and Transparent

Communicating about academic dishonesty to students is the foundation of good practice.

Practice prevention from the start…

  • Reserve a section of the course syllabus for information on academic honesty. Include links to:
  • Outline the consequences and steps you will take if you suspect academic dishonesty. Include examples of what academic dishonesty might look like (e.g. plagiarism, copying and pasting answers, cheating).
  • Include a page or a document in the introductory course materials section that is dedicated specifically to outlining the major course assignments, steps students should follow when completing the assignments, and guidelines for assessing the assignments.
  • Use detailed rubrics to indicate what will be assessed and how it will be assessed.
  • Remind students, with each assignment, of your academic honesty expectations. Refer them back to available resources to help them make informed decisions when completing their assignments.

Be Fair, Supportive, and Accessible

Understanding what factors can enduce students to academic dishonesty is key to mitigating it throughout a course.

Reduce anxiety to mitigate dishonesty…

  • Provide students with sufficient time to complete major assignments. Ensure their workload is balanced based on the tasks expected of them for each module.
  • Establish clear and consistent deadlines for each assignment.
  • When appropriate, build in the opportunity for peer review and/or instructor review of assignments to help students receive feedback on their work.
  • Dedicate time in the course to address questions or concerns about assignments. Allow students to contact you prior to assignment due dates should they need clarification.
  • Consider choosing the most effective form of assessment for each of your learning goals.

Be Informed

Knowing ahead of time how instances of academic dishonesty are handled is important for both course planning and student communication.

Have a plan in advance…