Ensuring Academic Integrity in an Online Environment

As instructors transition their courses to an online environment, it is very important to ensure academic integrity, so please keep the following things in mind:

  1. Use the guidance from keepteaching.umd.edu website to transition your courses.
  2. Be mindful of guidance already produced by TLTC about promoting academic integrity in your classrooms.
  3. Before offering online assessments:
    1. Place the Honor Pledge at the start of the assignment and have students type it out and then sign it digitally.
    2. Give clear expectations as to what can be used and what is prohibited from use.
    3. Avoid providing the correct answers to questions, and providing the student’s grade at the end of the assessment.
    4. GIVE CLEAR EXAMPLES as to what you consider to be academic misconduct
    5. Encourage students to take the assessment in an isolated space away from other people and distractions
    6. As you would in a classroom, prohibit the presence of cell phones, smart watches, and other devices that access the internet. (This can be a question at the start of the exam)
  4. Consider changing assignments to make them open-note/open book.
  5. We encourage you to use LockDown browser, a feature in Canvas that closes other programs on the student’s computer while they take a quiz or exam.
  6. Other resources for academic integrity can be found on our website.
  7. Check online websites like chegg.com or coursehero.com to see if your course material is being shared or distributed:
    1. You can do this by typing in your course number to the search field on those websites; or
    2. You can type in a question from your assignments into google and see what comes up
    3. You can request these materials be removed from the internet using these guidelines from the Office of General Counsel
  8. There is most likely a group chat for your course. Apps like GroupMe and WeChat are easy to join through links offered by a student in the course. Students use this to discuss course material, clarify concepts, and at times share information about graded assignments. GIVE CLEAR instructions regarding this practice.
    1. If possible, join the group chat or have a TA participate in the group chat.

Referrals to the Office of Student Conduct for alleged academic misconduct may be made by using this form. We will respond in a timely manner and are available to answer any questions or concerns. Instructors are encouraged to refer allegations of misconduct as they present themselves.