The NCAA monitors graduation success rates and academic performance rates (APR) but not academic integrity. It is incumbent upon each institution to police themselves in this area. The University of Colorado does so using a student-run organization called Honor Code whose intent is “to establish a community of trust where students do not plagiarize, cheat, or obtain unauthorized academic materials.” (see CU’s rules regarding academic integrity).
The essence of integrity is what one does or the decisions one makes if no one is around or watching. Imagine the little angel sitting on your shoulder scrutinizing your every move. Having integrity in your academic pursuits, whether as a tutor or a student, simply means making good choices. Making good choices in this context boils down to three simple rules: Don’t Lie, Don’t Steal, Don’t Cheat. As a tutor, you have the unique opportunity to model this behavior for the student-athletes you work with and it starts by knowing and understanding what NOT to do.
Plagiarism, Cheating, Fabrication, Aid of Academic Dishonesty, Lying, Bribery, and Threat. These are forms of academic dishonesty that you should be aware of as a tutor (see What is a Violation? for examples of each).
Those students that commit various forms of academic dishonesty usually do so when they feel pressured or unprepared. Please help monitor this by being aware of your student’s deadlines, upcoming assignments, and practice/competition schedules. Most of this can be accessed through your GradesFirst account. If you sense a student has reached panic mode, please reach out to their Academic Coordinator.
The following video does an outstanding job of defining Academic Integrity – and the illustrations are fantastic!
What is Academic Integrity? from Emily Paige on Vimeo.
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