Keeping Students Informed on Academic Integrity

Anna Babbi Klein, Communications Manager

Academic Integrity HandbookThe Academic Integrity Handbook is a student guide which helps students:

  • Understand the high academic standards of the Institute, which may be different from their previous educational experiences.
  • Become aware of the consequences for academic dishonesty.
  • Avoid unintentional plagiarism by correctly citing sources in their academic writing and computer code.
  • Understand the importance of knowing the collaboration policy for each of their classes.

DUE maintains the content of the handbook. This summer, we created the Academic Integrity Working Group  to take on the task of updating the handbook to ensure the content was up-to-date, reflected current student practices and faculty expectations, and provided adequate, current examples. The group included Patricia Brennecke, who is the original author, a great group of students, and staff representing key stakeholders including the MIT Libraries, UAAP, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, and the Office of Student Citizenship. The group also received input from current and past faculty members of the Committee on Discipline (COD).

We made significant updates and added new content on topics, such as citing social media,  that were never covered or had minimal coverage:

The working group is also collaborating on ways to increase awareness around academic integrity.  This fall, the International Student Office agreed to a session on academic integrity as part of the International Student Orientation. We are also giving a copy of the updated handbook to all new faculty.  Moving forward, we will be defining an interactive website on academic integrity, directed primarily at undergraduate students, which will be part of the Center for Academic Excellence. Once this site is in place, we will plan a campaign to raise awareness among students about what really happens at MIT and the importance of academic integrity in every aspect of the work done at MIT.  If you have any questions on this project, please contact Anna Babbi Klein at abklein@mit.edu.