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Message Sent To:All Faculty
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Monday, March 30, 2020 11:00 AM CDT

Update on Academic Integrity and Helpful Resources

Dear Faculty,

As Loyola University Chicago has shifted to a fully online mode of course delivery for Spring 2020, we want to share with you some tools and strategies that are available to help ensure the rigor of your courses and promote the academic integrity of your exams, quizzes, and assignments.

Promoting academic integrity in online courses is a shared responsibility among instructors, students, and the University. To better ensure Loyola's commitment to academic honesty in all classes, instructors can leverage technology, good course design, and support services offered by the University. 

The Office of Online Learning (OOL) and Instructional Technology and Research Support (ITRS) foster instructional approaches to academic integrity in several ways. Numerous technology solutions are available, such as TurnItIn for plagiarism detection; Respondus Lockdown Browser to help secure Sakai’s testing environment; and Examity, which is an online exam proctoring service. Instructional designers consult with faculty on the use of these technologies and recommend solutions for adoption on a course-by-course basis. Please reach out to online@LUC.edu to request support for any of these tools.

OOL works with instructors to review their online courses, looking for ways to enhance academic integrity through instructional design. OOL’s Academic Integrity Toolbox outlines a variety of technology and design solutions to promote academic honesty in online courses. Assignment and assessment design, including test and quiz creation and course activity instructions, help steer students away from actions that may violate Loyola’s academic integrity standards. These are described in this short video presentation: Academic Integrity in Online Assessments.

The Academic Integrity Toolbox, which is available on the OOL website, is divided into three general sections, based on some common approaches to promoting honesty: 

  1. University Guidelines and Support – The University provides a set of guidelines and an Academic Integrity statement, which instructors can share with their online students.

  2. Community of Integrity – Instructors can promote academic integrity by working closely with students to create a “community of integrity,” in which students are closely involved with the process of creating and understanding an online course’s policies and practices.

  3. Prevention and Detection – By leveraging educational technologies, as well as good course design strategies, instructors can promote academic honesty and original student work in their online courses.

While most courses will use a combination of these general approaches, not every strategy presented will be effective for every course or group of students. Instructors seeking additional assistance with choosing the most appropriate academic integrity strategies for their online courses should contact the Office of Online Learning at online@LUC.edu. In addition, OOL will offer live, online Academic Integrity Workshops via Zoom during the next few weeks. Visit the Academic Continuity Workshops and Training webpage for this schedule.

We would like to thank you for the great effort and collaborative spirit that you have all shown during this difficult and challenging transition. Your hard work and ingenuity have provided our students with a path forward academically, giving them the opportunity to complete their spring semester during a time of great uncertainty.

Sincerely,

JoBeth D’Agostino, Associate Provost Academic Programs and Planning
David Slavsky, Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
John Gurnak, Director, Office of Online Learning