Dear Faculty Member,
During the 2006–2007 academic year, the first year under the University-wide Academic
Integrity Policy, 126 violations were reported to the Academic Integrity Office.
By Student Class Level, the violations were:
First Year Students 17
Graduate Students 25
Please remember that as the instructor of record, you are “responsible for stating, in
writing, course-specific expectations, particularly those regarding use of sources and
collaboration” (p. 6, Academic Rules and Regulations 2007–2008). See
http://registrar.syr.edu/acadrulesandregs.html for more details.
This year we will be implementing Turnitin, a service that identifies “matched text” and
gives you an originality report from which you can then make a plagiarism determination.
More information about this service will be announced shortly.
The complete Academic Integrity Policy (and other resources) is available on the academic
integrity website. If you suspect a violation of the policy, you should discuss the matter with the
student; if you determine that there was a violation of the policy, you may resolve the matter
yourself, “instructor resolution.” After you impose course-related sanctions, send a memorandum
within five days describing the circumstances and disposition of the matter to your school/college
academic integrity coordinator. The list of coordinators as well as a template for the instructor
resolution can be found at http://academicintegrity.syr.edu
As Interim Director of the Academic Integrity Office, I would be pleased to respond to
any questions or concerns about academic integrity issues that you may have.
Ruth Federman Stein
Interim Director, Academic Integrity Office