New Academic Integrity Policy is Now in Effect

January 1, 2017


New Suggested Academic Integrity Syllabus Language



“Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy reflects the high value that we, as a university community, place on honesty in academic work. The policy defines our expectations for academic honesty and holds students accountable for the integrity of all work they submit. Students should understand that it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university-wide academic integrity expectations. The policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same work in more than one class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. Under the policy, students found in violation are subject to grade sanctions determined by the course instructor and non-grade sanctions determined by the School or College where the course is offered as described in the Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric. SU students are required to read an online summary of the University’s academic integrity expectations and provide an electronic signature agreeing to abide by them twice a year during pre-term check-in on MySlice. For more information about the policy, see

[Insert here any course specific expectations consistent with the Academic Integrity Policy.

Faculty and instructors wishing to exercise their option to levy grade sanctions up to and including course failure for any violation level should inform students of this intent by including a statement to this effect in their syllabus. Suggested language appears below.]

The Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric establishes recommended guidelines for the determination of grade penalties by faculty and instructors, while also giving them discretion to select the grade penalty they believe most suitable, including course failure, regardless of violation level. Any established violation in this course may result in course failure regardless of violation level.”

Updated December 8, 2016

Proposed revisions to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy have been approved by the Chancellor’s Executive Team with the support of the University Senate. The changes will go into effect January 1.

Based on the recommendations of an university-wide advisory committee including faculty, students, and staff, the revisions are designed to increase the fairness, effectiveness, consistency, and efficiency of the policy.

The approved revisions to the policy:

  • Create a single charge of “Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy”
  • Classify three levels of violation, as outlined in the Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric, with corresponding levels of school and college non-grade sanctions
  • Increase faculty authority over grade-related sanctions
  • Establish standing school and college academic integrity panels to oversee academic integrity matters within and among the schools and colleges
  • Expand options for case resolution so that straightforward charges may be resolved more expeditiously and more resources may be devoted to complex cases
  • Locate appeals processes and final decisions with the schools and colleges

Turnitin Syllabus Statement

Guidelines, Syllabus Statement, and Consent Forms for Instructors Who Use Turnitin:

In order to comply with University policies and federal and state law, including privacy and intellectual property law, instructors who plan to use the software program Turnitin for detection of potential plagiarism should use one of the two submission methods listed below:

  1. Students submit their own papers or other assignments directly to Turnitin via Blackboard so that both student and instructor can view the results; OR
  2. Students sign a statement giving consent for submission of their papers to Turnitin.

Instructors who use Turnitin should also include a syllabus statement informing students that they plan to use Turnitin and describing how they will use it. The example below is designed for courses in which the instructor allows students to submit their papers to Turnitin before the instructor does so. Instructors should tailor their syllabus statement to specify how they will use Turnitin in each course.

“This class will use the plagiarism detection and prevention system Turnitin. You will have the option to submit your papers to Turnitin to check that all sources you use have been properly acknowledged and cited before you submit the paper to me. I will also submit all papers you write for this class to Turnitin, which compares submitted documents against documents on the Internet and against student papers submitted to Turnitin at SU and at other colleges and universities. I will take your knowledge of the subject matter of this course and your writing level and style into account in interpreting the originality report. Keep in mind that all papers you submit for this class will become part of the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.”

* The consent statement should be signed and dated and should include language authorizing the instructor to submit student papers or assignments “to the plagiarism detection and prevention system Turnitin.” The consent statement should make clear that submitted student work will be compared to other student papers as well as to Internet documents and will become part of the reference database, for example:

“By signing below, I give permission for the submission of all work I turn in for [COURSE NAME] to the plagiarism detection and prevention system Turnitin, which compares submitted documents against documents on the Internet and against student papers submitted to Turnitin at SU and at other colleges and universities. I understand that all assignments submitted for this class will become part of the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.”

For more information about Turnitin for teachers and students, see


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 News Coverage

Click on the headlines below for recent news coverage of issues relevant to academic integrity. Note: Some articles may only be accessible on campus.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The New Cheating Economy

The New York Times: Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons

The Chronicle of Higher Education: In a Fake Online Class With Students Paid to Cheat, Could Professors Catch the Culprits?

The Chronicle of Higher Education: To Stop Exam Cheats, Economists Say, Try Assigning Seats

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Cheating Inadvertently

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Universities Ban Smart Watches During Finals

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Another Use for Yik Yak on Campus? Cheating on Exams

Inside Higher Ed: In China, No Choice But to Cheat?

ABC News: A Cheating Crisis in America’s Schools

LA Times: Colleges Grapple with Cheating in the Digital Age

Chronicle of Higher Education: Think Students in Your Class Might be Cheating? Here’s What to Do

Chronicle of Higher Education: Dartmouth and Stanford Apologize After a Political-Science Experiment Gone Wrong