Preventing Violations in the Classroom

Although violating the code is a student’s decision, there are many ways that faculty can help prevent violations. Here are some suggestions of ideas below.

Be Clear

Make sure that students understand your policy on code violations.

Make sure that students understand your policy on specific assignments. Sometimes violations can be caused simply by a miscommunication between the faculty and the students about whether collaboration is acceptable and if it is to what extent.

Provide Resources

The internet is an amazing tool, so try adding a link about how to properly citate in your syllabus so that student's who may unintentionally plagiarize can get the help they need before they commit a violation.

Provide any additional course materials you can. A link to a website discussing a topic covered in class may just help those who are struggling to understand the information.

Be Available

We understand that as faculty you are extremely busy in and outside of the classroom. However, be as flexible as you can, and make time for those students in your class who are struggling. If they can get the help they need BEFORE the next big exam, then hopefully they won't feel pressured into making a bad decision.

Preventing Cheating on Exams

Try to space students out as far as possible.

Make sure you have enough proctors for the size of the class. Don't try to proctor a 100 student class alone.

Alert students that you have multiple versions of the test. Even if you do not, label the forms differently.

For online exams, force students to take the exam in a testing facility on campus. Alternatively, take note of the length of time students take on the exam.

Placing a statement regarding academic honesty on the syllabus or a test is a good way to ensure that students understand and agree all the policies you have put forth in your syllabus. Here are some great examples that as a faculty you could use.

Syllabus Statements

Example 1

You are expected to uphold the highest possible standards of academic integrity. Any violation of the academic honestly expected of you will result in a minimum academic penalty of a failing grade on the assignment. A violation of the University of Florida’s honor code will also result in additional disciplinary measures. Violations of the honor code include, but are not limited to, plagiarism (intentional or unintentional), cheating, unauthorized collaboration and misrepresenting any work that isn’t yours as your own. Please see the Honor Code at https://sccr.dso.ufl.edu/students/student-honor-code/
Example 2

The University of Florida holds its students to the highest of standards, and we encourage all students to read the University of Florida Honor Code so that they are aware of these standards. Any violation of the honor code will result in academic sanctions and further disciplinary action. The two greatest threats to the University of Florida honor code are cheating and plagiarism. Students should be aware of the faculty’s policy on collaboration and should understand how to properly cite sources. 

Test Statements

Example 1

As a Florida Gator, I certify that I neither received nor gave any outside assistance in the completion of this exam. I understand that any collaboration that has not been first approved by the faculty is a violation of the University's Honor Code, and I understand that I will receive an academic penalty and be referred to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution for additional disciplinary action. See https://sccr.dso.ufl.edu/students/student-honor-code/ for more information. 

[ADD SIGNATURE BLOCK FOR STUDENT TO SIGN]

Example 2

I understand that it is the responsibility of every member of the Gator Nation to uphold and maintain the University of Florida’s Honor Code. 

As a Florida Gator I certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.
Example 3

Please write out the statement below:

As a Florida Gator, I certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.