Campus Integrity at Aquinas College

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 Academic Integrity Liaison. 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 Academic Integrity Liaison, if no further action is requested or deemed warranted by the circumstances, the Liaison will simply retain the report. If multiple reports are received regarding suspected or substantiated academic dishonesty by the same student, the Academic Integrity Liaison 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.
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.

  • 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

AQ Academic Integrity Tutorials

More about Plagiarism

Campus Policies