Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caught Cheating? Take an Academic Integrity Class

Students at the University of Arizona can now take an academic integrity eight-hour workshop if they are at risk of failing a class due to cheating or plagiarism (UA Plagiarism Workshop Gives Offenders Second Chance, Arizona Daily Star, October 10, 2010). One hundred students will attend sessions this semester to provide practice on paraphrasing and summarizing and discuss the importance of academic integrity. Since 1999, reported cases of plagiarism at the university have risen 700 percent.

Discussion Questions:
  1. Do you think you could benefit from a class that explains how to prevent plagiarism and cheating? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think most students who cheat or plagiarize will return to doing so after taking this class? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think most students don't know how to summarize or paraphrase information correctly because no one taught them?
  4. Do your college professors provide instruction on how to cite sources correctly? Or do professors think that students should know how to prevent plagiarism by the time they enter college?