Students, faculty and staff are developing resources and tools to promote and encourage academic integrity throughout WSU. This includes efforts to help students better understand what constitutes a violation of academic integrity. Several important steps and projects are already underway, including:
- The WSU Board of Regents voted to add students to the Academic Integrity Board. Five student members, from GPSA and ASWSU, are undergoing training from the Office of Student Conduct this summer and will join the Board in the fall.
- A committee of ASWSU and GPSA students developed a WSU Honor Statement, which will be sent to ASWSU as a resolution in the fall.
- The Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate are preparing updated recommendations on academic sanctions, proctoring exams, reporting obligations and syllabus statements.
- The Office of Student Conduct and the WSU Libraries are working to develop content for training sessions, which they hope to launch this fall for students, faculty and administrators.
In addition to the policies, training and processes in development, there are tools in place to help uphold academic integrity. Faculty are encouraged to utilize SafeAssign, the tool within Blackboard that can prevent plagiarism and help teach students how to attribute sources.
The Department of Academic Outreach and Innovation will host training sessions and webinars on SafeAssign in August and throughout the year.
WSU’s contract with Turnitin has been terminated and will expire on July 31. SafeAssign includes nearly all of the features within Turnitin, and many more enhancements that faculty and students may find helpful. Faculty and students also have access to iThenticate, a tool used to verify originality in scholarly writing.
For more information on academic integrity and the tools available, visit academicintegrity.wsu.edu or visit teach.wsu.edu. If you have questions about academic integrity, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding Turnitin or SafeAssign, please email to email@example.com.