Posts Tagged ‘academic misconduct’

CITL Answers-April 2012

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Question: When it arises, plagiarism is complicated and time consuming for all. I have to attend to detection, making a complaint, and sanctioning the student. How can I stop plagiarism from happening in the first place?

CITL’s Answer: The Iwasaki Library and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning assist faculty through discussion sessions about the reasons why students plagiarize. And, at these sessions they offer recommendations for assignment design that can help deter plagiarism. Watch for announcements about these discussion sessions or contact the library:, or the CITL:

CITL Answers – February 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Question: From time to time in national news there are stories about plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct in higher education. What should I do if I suspect a student of plagiarism?

CITL’s Answer: Plagiarism is a serious offense. It is damaging to students and potentially unpleasant and risky for faculty, as well. The Academic Policy Committee issued, and the Faculty Assembly approved, a detailed plagiarism and academic dishonesty policy. When you suspect plagiarism, consult the policy to be fully informed about your role, the student’s rights, and Emerson’s process in response to suspicions of plagiarism.

Then, if you are still suspicious, the next step is to speak with the student to gather more information. If you wish to go forward with a complaint, you complete an Academic Misconduct Complainant Reporting Form and submit it to the Office of the Dean of Students.  Do not hesitate to consult your Department Chair or the CITL if you wish to discuss a case before submitting a complaint.