Sample Materials

Every instructor will have his or her own ideas about what kinds of materials promote a culture of academic integrity within the course. For some it may simply be a statement on the syllabus and a discussion of appropriate methods of citation. Others may need to clarify what kinds of resources may be used to support student work, and what are inappropriate resources. Still others may need to help students manage workload and volume. This section contains a collection of materials and resources that individual faculty and departments have developed for use in their courses. We are grateful to all for sharing them with us, and encourage you to send additional materials that others might find helpful to the Office of Undergraduate Education for inclusion on this site. 

A guide for departments, to help students chart a course of academic integrity throughout their scholarly careers at Harvard. 

The Committee on Academic Integrity

For MCB 60, Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine, course heads Dominic Mao, Martin Samuels, and Alexander Schier created a table that clearly shows what constitutes appropriate (and not) collaboration on the different kinds of assignments in their course.  The Pedagogy column helps students understand the rationale behind the assignment, an important element in supporting academic integrity.  
- Dominic Mao, Preceptor in Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Martin Samuels, Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology

- Alexander Schier, Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Getting Outside Help in Your Language Class
Nicole Mills, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures

A Canvas-based Quiz on Collaboration: 
A pre-final exam quiz for students on appropriate collaboration, as well as screen shots for how to set this up on your course website (Canvas).
Gregg Tucci, Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
- Lu Wang, Preceptor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology

An Activity About Sources and Plagiarism
This is a discussion-based exercises that students in Life Sciences 1b complete in sections.  Students receive handout A to get started, and then handout B at the conclusion of the discussion, for future reference.  
Casey Roehrig, Preceptor in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Grace Days
Some cases of academic misconduct are simply the result of students making poor choices in an effort to meet deadlines.  One faculty member has used this policy to good effect in her class.  
-Caroline Light, Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Collaboration Language Template 
Clarity and specificity are critical to helping students understand what kinds of collaboration are permitted on certain assignments. This language template was created for courses in the Life Sciences but is broadly applicable. 
Bill Anderson, Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
- Greg Tucci, Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Government Senior Thesis Affirmation
The Department of Government created this document to be submitted by students with senior theses.

Department of History Senior Thesis Affirmation
The Department of History created this document to be submitted by students with senior theses.

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