Campus Integrity  

Faculty Information


In order to address academic dishonesty issues and gather accurate data about the number and types of academic dishonesty occurrences on campus, faculty are encouraged to file a report on each academic dishonesty incident they encounter.

Download the Academic Integrity Form (pdf).

Reports of Academic Dishonesty
When an instructor knows that academic dishonesty has occurred, he/she will file a written report with the instructor's Department Chair and the Dean of Students. The report will include:
  • The student's name
  • The nature and pertinent evidence of the violation
  • The student's response if confronted by the instructor
  • Any action taken by the instructor.
Once a report is received by the Dean of Students, if no further action is requested or deemed warranted by the circumstances, the Dean will simply retain the report. If multiple reports are received regarding suspected or substantiated academic dishonesty by the same student, the Dean of Students will refer the case to the Provost. The Provost has the discretion to take further steps toward disciplinary action which may include expulsion from the College or revocation of degree.
If the student feels he/she has been wrongfully charged with cheating or plagiarism, he/she may wish to consider filing a formal grievance (see following section on academic grievance procedures). If this route is followed, the grievance panel would review all pertinent information and make a recommendation to the Academic Grievance Officer.

Aquinas subscribes to, which is available to all AQ faculty. Turnitin can be used to both educate students about academic integrity and detect plagiarism. To obtain access to Turnitin and schedule training, please contact Shellie Jeffries at or Chad Buczkowski at

For more information about using Turnitin, click here.
International Center for Academic Integrity
Copyright Issues
Copyright law can be challenging to understand and interpret. The library has created a website explaining copyright, fair use, and the library's Reserves policy.
Help and Suggestions
Specific Suggestions for Assignments:
  • Don't let students write about "anything you are interested in"
  • Monitor the writing process - require drafts, bibliographies, etc.
  • Consider assignments which encourage the same skills as a term paper, such as a bibliographic essay, annotated bibliography or a research journal which reports on conclusions
  • Require specific sources
  • Require a specific format
  • Require copies of sources (e.g. the first page of an article)
  • Ask students to report on how and where they found sources
Good Guides for Teaching about Cyber Plagiarism
  • Cheating 101: a website supporting librarians and faculty who were dealing with web environment and the ease with which students could acquire papers(Kimbel Library, Coastal Carolina).
  • Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber Plagiarism: Another overview of the topic; includes links to term paper mills and a bibliography.
  • Deterring Plagiarism: Suggestions from the University of Toronto's Writing Support Center for helping your students avoid plagiarism.
Campus Policies