With our unexpected shift to online instruction, you may be thinking of ways to maintain the academic integrity of your courses. Below we provide some recommendations to assist you through this transition and for future course planning.

Maintaining Academic Integrity

  1. Begin assignments and exams with the Honor Code pledge and/or an acknowledgement that the Honor Code applies.
    • Honor Code Pledge. (a) The University’s Honor Code Pledge states: “As a student of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I pledge that I will not give or receive any unauthorized assistance with academic work or engage in any academic dishonesty in order to gain an academic advantage. I will exert every effort to insure that the Honor Code is upheld by myself and others, affirming my commitment to a campus-wide climate of honesty and integrity.” (b) By matriculating as a student at the University, a University student indicates his/her affirmation of the Honor Code Pledge, including the obligation to comply with the Honor Code.
  2. Be clear and concise in your assignment expectations and instructions. Expect that students may be in contact with each other, unless it is specifically stated and restricted that they should not work together.
  3. Report all suspected academic integrity violations here.


Development of Assessments and Assignments

  1. Use the Canvas plagiarism detection software (Unicheck) for assignments.
  2. Set time limits for exams and quizzes.
  3. Create a Question Group for online quizzes and tests so each student may receive a varied set of questions.
  4. Randomize the question order on quizzes and exams.
  5. Be aware that reusing exams and assignments could result in students engaging in academic dishonesty. Google your name and course to see if there may be an uploaded past exam or assignment on a “study site”.


Additional Resources

Walker Center for Teaching and Learning – Academic Continuity

UTC Office of Student Conduct

International Center for Academic Integrity Blog

UC San Diego Academic Integrity Office, “Moving to Remote Assessments with Integrity”

Steven Martin, Inside Higher Ed, “Shifting Online”


If you have questions about the UTC Honor Code or how to report academic dishonesty, contact the Office of Student Conduct at (423) 425-4301 or conduct@utc.edu. More information can also be found online at www.utc.edu/honorcode.


If you have questions or need additional assistance on how to maintain academic integrity, please contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at (423) 425-4188 or wctl@utc.edu.



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