Perception of consequences

Low perceptions of consequence

A lack of clarity or comprehension around issues pertaining to academic integrity can lead to increases in misconduct such as plagiarism, collusion or contract cheating.  Students are more likely to cheat on assessments if they believe the likelihood of being caught is low. The prevalence of misconduct increases when students are ill-informed about the possible consequences of cheating – whether personal, social, academic, institutional or professional.

Creating foundations for shared understanding of consequences

    • Develop a culture of high expectations around Academic Integrity and a shared understanding of what this looks like that is shared amongst teachers, students and parents and carers. This can be tied to school values
    • Make the Academic Integrity and Misconduct process transparent and include reminders on all task sheets
    • Demonstrate how detection tools work and the process teachers will undertake if misconduct is suspected
    • Take time to explain and discuss the personal, social, academic,and institutional consequences of academic misconduct
    • Communicate across multiple modes regularly to ensure all school community members receive the messaging about academic integrity expectations and any changes to policy or procedure.
    • Follow through with consequences when academic integrity is breached as per the school’s academic integrity policy and procedure.