Academic Integrity


Please refer to this list of resources for students, faculty, staff and teaching assistants to help avoid academic integrity violations.

Student Resources

Avoiding academic integrity policy violations

Be informed: Understand ASU’s expectations regarding academic integrity by understanding the Academic Integrity Policy and Student Code of Conduct.

Ask questions: If you are not sure if something is really cheating, ask your professors, T.A.s or academic advisors.

Seek tutoring: Ask your professors and others in your department for help in finding academic support. Help is available from the following sources:

Stay healthy: This includes managing your time and your stress. Health and wellness resources are available at ASU.

Adopted from the Academic Integrity Policy.

Tips on how to complete your work with integrity

These online resources provide strategies for completing your work with academic integrity.

Avoiding plagiarism

Plagiarism may be the most common form of academic dishonesty and is often unintentional. Protect yourself by understanding how to avoid plagiarism with these resources:

What to do if you are accused of an academic integrity violation

Be informed: Understand the policies and process for responding to accusations of academic integrity in the college/school generating the accusation. Some colleges and schools have information regarding the process on their web sites.

Ask questions: Meet with your academic advisor to learn your rights within the process, understand the timeline and expectation for your participation in the process. Student Advocacy and Assistance is also a great resource to help ensure successful completion of academic goals.

Graduate students and teaching assistants

Faculty, Staff and Teaching Assistants

Plagiarism detection software

Uses: SafeAssignment, an online plagiarism detection service available to faculty at ASU, compares submitted papers with a large database and reports on similar passages. It compares student papers with materials posted on the Web, such as academic journal articles, Wikipedia and papers from Web sites that sell term papers, and other student papers submitted at ASU using SafeAssignment. It provides a copy of the student’s paper in which passages matching sources in the database are highlighted and scored for similarity to the outside source. It also provides links to the online source. Faculty can use SafeAssignment to:

  • Check an individual paper, using the Quick Submit feature.
  • Have students submit course assignments via SafeAssignment and get reports on all papers.
  • Allow students to submit drafts to SafeAssignment and view the assessment of their drafts.

Getting started: Faculty access SafeAssignment through BlackBoard. To check an individual paper, all you need is instructor access to any BlackBoard course. To have students submit assignments through SafeAssignment, you must have a BlackBoard site for their course.

Limits: SafeAssignment is a powerful tool for identifying incorrect use of sources when faculty members recognize its limits. It compares texts; it does not identify plagiarism. This means that it:

  • Reports correctly and incorrectly referenced quotations and paraphrases in the same way.
  • Identifies similar passages in papers that are due to similar ideas rather than cheating. For example, if several students rephrase an essay assignment as part of the introduction to an essay, the phrases may be flagged in the SafeAssignment report.)
  • Only identifies similarities between student papers and materials in its database. It will not identify plagiarism of paper-only sources, such as older books or journal articles. 

Reducing cheating: Many good teaching practices, such as changing exam questions from year to year and breaking large writing assignments into parts, can deter cheating as well as improve learning. Here are links to pages with easy-to-implement tips on stopping cheating.

Detecting cheating

College Specific Policies and Procedures