As an ongoing commitment to addressing academic integrity, and as part of the 2021 Academic Integrity Campaign, Langara College snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ is hosting the 2021 Academic Integrity Week for college faculty and staff . Academic Integrity Week at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College will be taking place October 18-22.

Organized by the Academic Integrity Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, this week is dedicated to helping faculty and staff gain information and resources to address and respond to concerns of academic integrity in our communities. There will be a series of workshops available to college faculty and staff, in addition to student-focused initiatives to help communicate the importance of academic integrity in our college community.

Check out the list of Academic Integrity Week events and initiatives below!

Events

Date:             October 18, 2021
Time:             10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Facilitator:   Maggie Ross (Director, SCAI)

With the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, many institutions throughout the world faced drastically increased rates of academic integrity violations. In recognition of these amplified concerns of academic integrity among educators, researchers, administrators, and higher educational professionals, Sarah Elaine Eaton at University of Calgary began to host an Academic Integrity Hour to help facilitate conversations around concerns and possible solutions to the constantly developing conversation around academic integrity.

The Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, in partnership with the Academic Integrity Advisory Committee, would like to offer an Academic Integrity Hour for our faculty and staff looking to engage in ongoing discussions of academic integrity in our College Community. This first hour will help set the stage for a welcoming environment and safe space to discuss all things academic integrity.

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Date:             October 18, 2021
Time:             2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Facilitator:   Jennifer Cheddie (Student Conduct Officer, SCAI)
                        Erin Hagen (Student Conduct Officer, SCAI)

The purpose of this webinar is to help instructors by providing a general overview on how to detect possible academic integrity violations, discuss how to determine a student’s responsibility for an academic integrity violation, and explain how to submit an academic integrity report to the college. We will also review helpful tips, frequently asked questions, and resources available to instructors to help foster academic integrity at the college.  The webinar will touch on a variety of important topics, including:

  • The balance of probabilities and how to make academic integrity decisions
  • A review of current trends in academic integrity
  • The reporting structure and available sanctions for academic integrity violations
  • How to submit an academic integrity report
  • Submitting an academic integrity reports near the grade deadline

Please note: this workshop will be recorded and posted to the Student Conduct Support and Resources folder on the MyLangara sharepoint, as a resource for all Langara faculty.

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Date:             October 19, 2021
Time:            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitator:  Frances Wintjes Clarke, Instructor, TCDC
                       Lucina Attwood, Instructor, TCDC

In combination with creating a culture of academic integrity, encouraging academic integrity through course and assessment design is often one of the most effective ways of addressing possible academic integrity violations in coursework.

This workshop will review the available tips, tools, and resources to help instructors develop their course in a way that minimizes opportunities for academic misconduct, as well as to help encourage a learning environment in which students feel confident and comfortable sharing their work.

Please note: this workshop will be recorded and posted to the Student Conduct Support and Resources folder on the MyLangara sharepoint, as a resource for all Langara faculty.

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Date:             October 20, 2021
Time:             10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Facilitator:   Erin Hagen (Student Conduct Officer, SCAI)

Contract cheating is the practice of students engaging a third-party to complete assignments. It occurs when someone other than the student completes an assignment–and which the student then submits for assessment/credit. This type of cheating is on the rise, and chances are, you’ve had an encounter with this form of academic misconduct. It’s an issue that is not often talked about and as we all know, if such issues are not addressed, they can grow into a systemic crisis.

October 20, 2021 is ICAI’s Sixth Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. To recognize this day, and the role we all have to uphold the integrity of the education, degrees, and certificates of Langara College, we will discuss what contract cheating looks like, and what we can do to end contract cheating. Topics for this workshop include:

  • What is contract cheating?
  • Why and how do students engage in contract cheating or ‘outsourcing’?
  • How can we detect contract cheating?
  • What is Langara College doing to combat contract cheating?

Please note: this workshop will be recorded and posted to the Student Conduct Support and Resources folder on the MyLangara sharepoint, as a resource for all Langara faculty.

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Date:             October 21, 2021
Time:             1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Facilitator:   Diane Thompson (Instructor & EdTech Advisor)
                        Susan Bonham (EdTech Advisor & Online Course Asst)
                        Erin Hagen (Student Conduct Officer, SCAI)

Turnitin is a text-matching tool for encouraging academic integrity, but it can also be used to help students understand academic integrity in written assignments. In this session, you will learn how Turnitin works, how to interpret the ‘originality reports’ on student submissions, and how these reports can be used to help students understand how to use quotation marks, cite sources properly, and paraphrase.

We’ll also discuss the Turnitin Authorship tool, administrated by the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, and how the expanded use of Turnitin throughout the college helps to flag instances of academic integrity violations.

Please note: this workshop will be recorded and posted to the Student Conduct Support and Resources folder on the MyLangara sharepoint, as a resource for all Langara faculty.

Sign Up HERE

Date:             October 21, 2021
Time:             2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Facilitator:   Jennifer Cheddie (Student Conduct Officer, SCAI)
                        Maggie Ross (Director, SCAI)

Restorative Justice refers to “an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime”( taken from Principles and Guidelines for Restorative Practice in the Criminal Matters). Traditionally viewed as an approach to criminal justice reform, increasingly restorative justice practices have been applied to other areas including education and student conduct to transform relationships and communities.

In the past few years, McEwan University led by Dr. Paul Sopcak have developed a restorative practice to address academic integrity and academic integrity violations. Join us for a discussion on this initiative, and how Langara College may consider instituting restorative practices within our own institution.

Participants will be asked to view Alycia Steward and Dr. Spocak’s presentation on this initiative at the 2021 Canadian Academic Integrity Symposium before attending this discussion session to allow for effective discussion and reflection on the topic. 

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Initiatives

Sign Langara College’s Academic Integrity Pledge! Encourage your students to sign the pledge! The pledge affirms our dedication as individuals and as a community to upholding the values of integrity in our academic work and lives. 

Community members who sign the pledge will be able to receive a button confirming their pledge to uphold the values of fairness, honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, and courage and will receive a digital pledge badge by email. Buttons will be available for pick up at:

  • Staff and Faculty Mailroom
  • Library Reference Desk
  • The Writing and Tutoring Centre
  • Student Engagement Kiosk
  • Registrar’s Office Front Desk
  • Langara Global
  • Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
  • The Gathering Space
  • Accessibility Services
  • Student Engagement Office

Contact studentconduct@langara.ca if you have questions about receiving a button for yourself. 

This fall, Langara hosted its second Academic Integrity Meme Contest, with shortlisted student memes on academic integrity being voted on by the community on the Langara College official Instagram account. 

Check out the Instagram account for the winners, to be announced on October 18, 2021. Want a copy of some shortlisted memes to share with your students? Contact studentconduct@langara.ca for more information! 

From October 11th until October 23rd, the Langara Library will be hosting a display case dedicated to academic integrity, including what resources are available to students to avoid academic integrity issues. Stop by the library to check it out, or encourage your students to do the same!

On October 20th, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity will be hosting an information booth for the college community outside of the bookstore. We’ll have information on contract cheating, the risks to students who engage in contract cheating, and information about the academic supports on campus to help students in their studies.

Stop by, or encourage your students to stop by, if you have any questions about our office or academic integrity in general!  

We’ve been working on some new academic integrity resources for instructors to help encourage academic integrity in their classrooms and to aid in detecting academic integrity violations. Check out our tip sheets below for more information!

Lastly, check out our academic integrity wheel posters, emphasizing the importance of the values and principles of academic integrity. There will be physical copies also available in the mailroom during Academic Integrity Week. 

The Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity is continuing to host another series of Academic Integrity Zoom workshops for students during the Fall 2021 semester. We would like to encourage instructors to notify your students and encourage them to sign up.  Those of you who grant participation marks may want to consider including attendance at one of these sessions as part of that mark.

In this workshop, students will gain a better understanding of academic integrity and what it means at Langara College, with the goal of preventing errors that can affect a student’s grades and academic success. Students who complete the workshop will receive a certificate of completion.

The workshop will touch on a variety of important topics, including:

  • examples of cheating and plagiarism in the post-secondary world, focusing on behaviors increasingly seen during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • resources available to students struggling with academic work
  • studying and organizational strategies to avoid academic misconduct
  • scenarios about collaborating, online resources, open-book exams, and grade pleading
  • the official and unofficial consequences of academic misconduct

Learn more about upcoming workshop dates HERE.