Academic Integrity Symposium

Learn practical and efficient methods of preventing academic misconduct in the classroom

May 10, 2019 — Memorial Union Horizon Room and online

Academic misconduct burdens all of those who are affected by it: from professors, instructors and teaching assistants who monitor and report it, to the students who are risking their academic futures and sacrificing their own values. Fortunately, there are proven methods to increase academic integrity in your classrooms.

Join your colleagues as we present simple, practical, and efficient strategies you can implement right away to reduce the burden of academic misconduct.

Sessions held in the Horizon Room will be available as a live webinar. When you register for the symposium please select the webinar option and register for the webinar through WebEx.

Who should attend: Professors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants




7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Registration and hot breakfast buffet
8:15 to 8:25 a.m. Welcome greeting by Steph Bernell, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

The faculty panel starts the day by introducing topics and concepts the concurrent sessions will cover in more detail. The panelists will also discuss different methods of design, communication, and utilization of technology to help achieve goals of reducing and preventing academic misconduct in the classroom. Audience questions and curiosities are encouraged to help start the conversation and begin identifying priorities and opportunities for promoting academic integrity at Oregon State.


  • Daniel Dietz, ASOSU Office of Advocacy
  • Karen Watte, Ecampus
  • Lynn Greenough, Academic Technologies
  • Penelope Diebel, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and College Hearing Officer in the College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Willie Morgan, Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Dennis Bennett, Director, Writing Center

Academic integrity: Is what students believe different from what they do?

Incidents of academic misconduct are not only prevalent but also share the headlines alongside business and political scandals. Gaps and lapses in professional judgment and personal moral standards are problematic in many segments of society and have undoubtedly influenced the high levels of cheating in higher education among college students. Join Dr. Kirkland in a conversation that explores implications for policy and practice along with approaches that guide how we address students who misstep. Dr. Kirkland will share her research and experiences that encourage us to balance spirit with the letter of academic integrity policies and enforcement. She will share the power of tough love conversations that more directly hold students accountable and begin to modify behaviors.

Dr. Kim Kirkland, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Access, and Title IX Coordinator at Oregon State University, is a nationally-recognized speaker and the author of Enough with the Stuff (Something That U Find Frustrating): Strategies for Diffusing Organizational Noise.

Designing Your Course to Enhance Academic Integrity

Course design can prevent academic misconduct and at the same time improve academic integrity. In this session, you will learn 5 design approaches to enhance student learning and performance. Participants will get hands-on experience in designing and revising learning activities. We will also cover how to use technology to complement the pedagogy for your course.

Location: Horizon Room and webinar


  • Karen Watte, Ecampus
  • Brooke Howland, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Tasha Biesinger, Academic Technology
  • Lynn Greenough, Academic Technology


Cheating in Plain Sight

Students use tutoring resources and other online tools to engage in academic misconduct. In this session, you will learn how students abuse these tools and how to prevent them from doing so in your class. We will also review the reporting and adjudication process and how it can help educate students to reduce future violations of academic misconduct.

Location: Multipurpose Room


  • Willie Morgan, Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Penny Diebel, College Hearing Officer, College of Agricultural Sciences

Why Students Cheat and Strategies for Prevention

Oregon State students will present research on the factors that determine why students cheat. Attendees will learn three evidence-based, student-centered strategies to reduce cheating in their classrooms.

Location: Horizon Room and webinar


  • Daniel Dietz, Office of Advocacy
  • Student representatives


Employing Best Practices in the Design of Writing Assignments

We are making a bold claim: by employing best practices in the design of writing assignments, faculty can almost eliminate plagiarism issues in their classrooms. In our session, you will learn these best practices and how to avoid plagiarism by designing assignments that achieve instructor-identified learning outcomes. Also, we will provide feedback strategies that allow instructors to be more efficient and effective in responding to their students’ writing.

Location: Multipurpose Room


  • Dennis Bennett, Director, Writing Center
  • Christopher Ervin, Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio Coordinator
  • Vanessa Petroj, English Language Learning Coordinator
11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Closing remarks by Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education


Symposium organizers

ASOSU Office of Advocacy

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Graduate School

Office of International Services

Office of Undergraduate Education