Tompkins Cortland Community College


Academic Integrity

How can I promote academic integrity within my course?

  • Include an academic integrity statement in your outline. Discuss the expectations and consequences with the class. Make sure students understand what kind of collaboration is acceptable in the course (IE, peer review of drafts).
  • Work with Tompkins Cortland library services to help students develop information literacy. Librarians can provide training on using and evaluating sources, as well as citing work.
  • Ensure that students have opportunities to practice skills, develop knowledge, and receive some feedback on their performance before giving high stakes assignments or tests.
  • Break down larger assignments into smaller tasks with intermediate deadlines. For example, before the final paper is due, require submission, or check on progress, of topic and thesis statements, outline, list of sources, and drafts/revisions. Alternatively, ask students to attach notes and drafts to their finished work. Perhaps require an oral presentation to you or the class on the research topic.
  • Use authentic questions that have relevance to student’s lives, connect to current events, and stress creativity and higher level thinking skills. When using common literary works, consider focusing on specific passages or details from the text.

Are there college resources to help prevent plagiarism?

  • Tompkins Cortland's Library website has information on academic integrity for both faculty and students. Librarians are available for consultations on plagiarism, intellectual property and other academic integrity issues. They can even review your assignments to make suggestions regarding ways to limit the possibility of plagiarism. CollegeNow instructors are encouraged to use SafeAssign, an online plagiarism prevention and detection tool that is integrated with the College's Blackboard online course system. Refer to Blackboard's SafeAssign help site to learn more about how it works and how to use it. Our Blackboard webpage has additional information to help you get started with Blackboard and our Campus Technology department will provide technical assistance.
  • Our librarians are available to provide instruction to you or your class on plagiarism, as well as locating, evaluating, and using information sources; some lessons are already available online.
  • Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences has developed an online tutorial and quiz to help students understand plagiarism, as well as how to use and cite sources.
  • Though not specifically about plagiarism, the Tompkins Cortland library has a wealth of resources to assist with research assignments, including citation guides and course-specific research guides (contact the library to tailor a guide to your class).