Promoting Academic Honesty

by Carolyn I. Brown, Ph.D.

When a student has committed academic dishonesty, faculty may not be clear on their options; however, there are several ways to approach this issue with the student:

  • repeat the assignment
  • receive a reduced grade or partial credit on the assignment
  • receive a failing grade in the course
  • mandatory enrollment in the Plagiarism Prevention Program

About the Plagiarism Prevention Program

The PPP is a remediation program that educates students who plagiarize about Webster University’s academic honesty policy and encourages them to incorporate those principles into their own work. The PPP stresses that academic honesty can be upheld by three key measures: understanding plagiarism, developing effective strategies in the writing process, and incorporating source material appropriately and with proper citation. The objectives of the PPP are to provide students with a thorough understanding of those concepts as well as strategies to avoid or correct issues that arise in their work so that future academic assignments will maintain the University’s standards.

Faculty Recommendations for Upholding Academic Honesty

  • Include a statement in your syllabus about academic honesty and expectations; for a detailed statement, see the FDC website on “Best Practices” to prevent plagiarism
  • Use Turnitin to help identify issues of originality
  • Change your assignments frequently
  • Develop specific requirements for your assignments
  • Check student progress by using proposals, drafts
  • Include a citation policy in your syllabus

Faculty members who would like more information about this program or to schedule a visit to their department meetings or to individual classrooms during the semester may contact me at (314) 246-7668 or at carolynbrown04 at Faculty members who are at extended campuses may receive materials electronically and/or schedule a webinar on the PPP and maintaining academic honesty.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any issues of academic honesty or questions about plagiarism. I am here to support you in navigating through this sometimes challenging issue.


Dr. Carolyn I. Brown is Webster University’s Writing Center Coordinator & Plagiarism Prevention Coordinator in the Academic Resource Center.