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We value our faculty members and want to provide you with the tools and resources necessary to conduct a classroom that lives up to the academic integrity standards set forth by the university. Below are procedures and ways in which you can successfully implement academic honesty within your courses. In addition, there are various resources (see right) that can be of continual help to both you and your students.

1. How can I encourage academic integrity within my classes?

2. How can I detect plagiarism?

3. What should I do if I suspect academic dishonesty?


1. How can I encourage academic integrity within my classes?

The suggestions provided below can help you do your part to encourage academic integrity:

  • Define and explain plagiarism to your students, including Miami's policies.
  • Spell out the concept of intellectual property and documentation of material for your students. Don't assume that your students have this understanding prior to joining your class.
  • Explain exactly how much group work and student collaboration is permissible.
  • Demonstrate and discuss with your students how and when to document sources.
  • Provide opportunities for your students to do research and become familiar with the research resources available to them at Miami.
  • Establish timelines and due dates for all projects and papers. This will help your students plan their research time accordingly.
  • Require that students include copies of all sources with final drafts.
  • Ask your students to complete the online tutorial, iQ, to learn more about plagiarism.
  • Have your student take and receive class credit for completing the MU Academic Integrity quiz, mIntegrity.
  • Provide written handouts on the issues of academic misconduct.
  • Clearly spell out expectations in the course syllabus.
  • Have your students turn in their written assignments through the online tool, Turnitin.com.

* Many of these ideas are borrowed from FeministGeek.com.

2. How can I detect plagiarism?

Plagiarism can be detected in various ways, but it is important to follow up any suspicions with a discussion with the student. Below are a number of cues* that indicate student work may have been plagiarized:

  • Citation styles and bibliographic citations are inconsistent and mixed or non-existent. The style guide used is not the one used for the course.
  • The paper is clearly written at a level beyond the student's usual abilities and may include advanced vocabulary, jargon, or combined formal and informal language.
  • Inconsistencies are evident from one assignment to another. (For example, the second essay is far superior.)
  • The paper contains a mix of Canadian, American, and British spellings or regionalisms.
  • References used throughout the paper are dated (all more than five years old, for example). Such cases may indicate that the paper was purchased through an essay writing service or written by someone other than the student.
  • References are made to tables, diagrams, pieces of text or citations when none of this content exists in the paper.
  • References are made to journals or books not readily available in the university or local libraries.
  • The topic of the paper is inconsistent with the one assigned or course content.
  • The writing style changes from section to section. (For example, vocabulary choice may be wider in some paragraphs than in others.)
  • When asked, the student cannot produce any research notes for the paper or summarize the main points in the paper.

* Many of these ideas are borrowed from Ryerson University.

3. What should I do if I suspect academic dishonesty?

The Office of the Provost has developed a step-by-step manual for adjudicating cases of academic dishonesty titled Procedures for Addressing Cases of Academic Dishonesty (PDF 3.1MB). We strongly suggest you become familiar with this guide that covers the entire adjudication process, from suspicion of academic dishonesty to appeals and records.

Additionally, templates for all letters a faculty member or administrator may need to construct during the adjudication process have been provided for your effortless implementation (see Faculty Resources).

Procedures for reporting and adjudicating cases of academic dishonesty can also be found in Section 1.5.C of The Student Handbook (PDF 892KB).

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency