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   Volume IV, Issue 4
April 2008   

No excuse for plagiarism: Academic Integrity Gateway now available

Dr. Craig Wheeland, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, recently announced “the creation of the Academic Integrity Gateway, a web site featuring information about academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism.”

Dr. Wheeland asked faculty to add the URL to their syllabi and have students take the interactive quiz which will test their knowledge about plagiarism. Students were notified about the Academic Integrity Gateway by an announcement in the University Wildcat newswire.

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Falvey Memorial Library collaborated on the Academic Integrity Gateway project, which began several years ago after John Immerwahr, then associate vice president for Academic Affairs, gave a presentation at a Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) workshop about how the University dealt with infractions of the academic integrity code. In the audience was Darren Poley, a Falvey librarian, who believed that it was “a glaring omission” that “the Library was not mentioned by any of the professors,” although students often consulted librarians about documentation for papers.

Poley began working with Dr. Immerwahr, an ad hoc committee of librarians and staff members of the Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT) to create an online resource which ultimately became the Academic Integrity Gateway launched in February. The librarians gathered content, added links and created self-grading quizzes, while the CIT staff handled the technical development. According to Poley, Barbara Quintiliano, instructional design librarian, “had a particularly important role in... building the Gateway.” After Immerwahr left office in 2007, Poley contacted new VPAA Wheeland, who worked with him to bring the Gateway to fruition.

The Academic Integrity Gateway contains important links - to the University’s academic integrity code; to the academic integrity policy; to sites on citing in the humanities, history, social sciences and sciences; to style guides; and to a group of sites with academic integrity essentials.

The Gateway’s creators seek to eliminate infractions of the code by providing, as Dr. Wheeland says, “a sanctioned place to look for help.”

Contributed by Alice Bampton

(The Stop Plagiarism image is courtesy of McKillop Library, Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.)