Academic Integrity Module

In Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagairism, and Achieve Real Academic Success (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004, p.3), Charles Lipson states:

Academic honesty boils down to three simple but powerful principles:

  • When you say you did the work yourself, you actually did it.
  • When you rely on someone else’s work, you cite it. When you use their words, you quote them openly and accurately, and you cite them too.
  • When you present research materials, you present them fairly and truthfully. That’s true whether the research involves data, documents, or the writings of other scholars.

Overview of the Academic Integrity Module

The Academic Integrity Module is approximately a five-week instruction program for individual students who are in need of developing an understanding on how to avoid unintentional or intentional plagiarism.

During this five-week session, students will:

  1. Learn and understand the three principles of academic honesty as outlined by Charles Lipson
  2. Review what plagiarism is and how to avoid it
  3. Develop a clear understanding of what it means to “find their voice” and contribute to a scholarly conversation
  4. Develop a clear understanding of how to read critically, write annotations, and develop proper citation techniques
  5. Create an appropriate new product, integrating proper research and citation techniques that demonstrates improved skills in research documentation, critical reading, appropriate citation, use of quotations, and proper paraphrasing techniques. The final work product will be reviewed by a librarian, and then submitted to the Director of Academic Programs with comments. The faculty member who originally referred the student to the Director of Academic Programs may be included in the final assessment if appropriate

The Program

Required Components

Week 1

  • Meet with Librarian
  • View the online tutorial: CLIC Online Tutorial: Plagiarism. 
    • This tutorial was prepared by a group of librarians from CLIC and is a shared tutorial.
  • Review Macalester College's Assignment Calculator.
  • Read: 
    • Lipson, Charles. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success. 2nd Ed.. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. Read chapters 1-5, 15. 
    • Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. (3rd edition). Read chapter 13, and “The Ethics of Research,” pages 273-276. [Check for available copies in the library.]
  • Write a reflection essay reviewing the tutorial and readings

Week 2

  • Turn in essay for feedback
  • Meet with MAX Center staff for initial "meet & greet"
  • Meet with librarian to review citation management software and plan research portfolio
  • Determine final work product. Examples of work products are: redoing the problematic assignment, completing an appropriate assignment from a current course, writing a 7-10 page research paper, etc.)

Week 3

Start work on final product including use of citation management tools and a research portfolio

Week 4

  • Continue work on final product
  • Submit a "before" draft of work product for comments.
  • Meet with MAX Center for in-depth writing consultation

Week 5

Turn in final work products

  • reflection essay (already completed)
  • "before" draft
  • "after" writing consultation with comments and consultation summary
  • completed work product including all proper citaitons and list of works cited
  • research portfolio
  • citation documentation from citation management tool

Upon completion of the instruction program, the librarian will review and comment on the final work products and provide a recommendation regarding successful completion of the module. The collected work products, comments and recommendation will be sent to the Director of Academic Programs and, if appropriate, to the faculty member providing the original referral. The Director of Academic Programs will make the final determinatino as to successful completion of the Academic Integrity Module.

This module has been prepared in cooperation with the Director of Academic Programs and approved for campus-wide use in August 2009.

Academic Programs - Academic Integrity

Updated October 19, 2012