Reviewing Academic Integrity: Going Beyond the Syllabus

What do you recommend I review in class about academic integrity beyond what’s on the syllabus?

The University and the college have established overlapping values that are embodied in the core missions of research, education and service.  The UF Core Values and the College Values can be found on our college web page.

UF Core Values:

College Values:

We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to consider the importance of these values to everyday academic life.  In addition, we advise all instructors to routinely discuss with their students the connections between specific UF and college values and the course materials used throughout the course.  Repeated connection at different time points reinforces expected behavior in support of a culture of academic integrity.  Additionally, at the beginning of the course, we recommend a discussion of the following values and strategies in the context of academic integrity. These values can be easily linked to both the university’s and college’s values as part of the discussion.

  • Honesty: Review/emphasize that students are expected to follow all requirements (e.g., on exams and individual assignments etc.) stated in the syllabus and provide an ‘early warning’ on penalties for academic dishonesty.  
    • Review likely time commitments for individual assignments and encourage students to plan accordingly (e.g., trying to finish assignments in last minute places certain individuals in a vulnerable position for academic misconduct).
  • Trust:
    • Tie behavior to professional conduct and the importance of future constituents being able to place their trust in the health professionals with whom they interact.
    • Emphasize to students the importance of being dependable and reliable with you as the instructor and their classmates (e.g. commitment to group assignments, meeting deadlines etc.).
    • Create a welcoming environment by encouraging dialog and use of resources.
    • Encourage students to contact the course instructors or TA’s if they have any questions or concerns over issues reviewed in class.
  • Respect: Be respectful of instructors, classmates, and guests during all class-related interactions when formulating responses and in using materials.
    • Be mindful of all course materials (e.g., teaching materials, presentations including students’, guest-lectures).
    • Be respectful during class discussions regardless of whether you agree or disagree with points being raised.