Guide to Academic Integrity
Plagiarism has been around for as long as there have been students. However, the advent of the Internet has dramatically increased the opportunities and ease to plagiarize. The phenomenon of plagiarism is affecting universities all around the globe.
- In a 1999 survey of American students conducted by the Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University, 68% of the 2,100 students polled said that they had committed at least one academic offence such as plagiarizing (Quan F1).
- Larry McKill, the Associate Dean of Arts, Student Programs at the University of Alberta, estimates about 70 people were proven to have plagiarized during the academic year 2000 in the Faculty of Arts (Gold F1).
- During the same year, at the University of Ottawa, 18 students in the faculty of arts and sciences were disciplined for plagiarism; Carleton University reported 50 cases of plagiarism; and at the University of Toronto over 200 cases of plagiarism are reported each year (Quan F1).
- Most university administrators believe that the number of unreported cases of plagiarism far exceeds reported numbers (Quan F1).
The purpose of this guide is to examine the issue of academic integrity and explain what faculty can do to prevent, detect, and report plagiarism.