Academic Integrity at NUI Galway

Academic Integrity is fundamental to all areas of scholarship, teaching and learning. The Internation Centre for Academic Integrity defines it as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.

The NUI Galway Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy advocates a range of assessment instruments should be used without over reliance on a single approach (such as traditional unseen written examination papers). Academic staff may, however, be concerned about opportunities for plagiarism, particularly in the context of increased availability and ease of access to information.

In most cases, plagiarism can arise due to poor academic practice based on a misunderstanding or lack of awareness of appropriate methods of referencing, paraphrasing and reviewing. To address this issue consistently, then, we advocate a combination of education, good assessment design, and standard procedure.

Each School has nominated a number of Advisors to handle suspected cases of plagiarism, according to the NUI Galway Code of Practice, and CELT is developing training courses and support tools to support their work.

Academic staff who undertake the PostGraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education take part in a workshop on Academic Integrity, which aims at considering academic integrity within the context of good practice in assessment design.

 

Code of Practice for Dealing with Suspected Cases of Plagiarism

The code of practice was first adopted by Academic Council in 2003 and was revised in 2012 to include a plagiarism penalty grid, in keeping with good practice resulting from the Academic Misconduct Benchmarking Research (AMBeR) project carried out in the UK. Staff and departments are urged to follow these guidelines in association with any College specific regulations.

See the complete NUIG Code of Practice for dealing with plagiarism

Turnitin Originality Check

In September 2006, the university acquired a site licence for the use of the originality checking and online grading service Turnitin. This service allows you to compare submitted documents with hundreds of thousands in their database, as well as internet sites (billions of pages). Turnitin supports all common files formats, and also offers a the GradeMark tool to facilitate online marking and feedback to students. Turnitin has also been integrated with Blackboard, allowing easier access and submission by students. To gain access and to find out more about using the service, email turnitin@nuigalway.ie.

Workshops on Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism

CELT offers short, focused workshop sessions to small groups of staff, on request. These sessions focus on using Turnitin and interpreting the similarity reports, as well as particular needs of the group.

From time to time, CELT offers workshops and seminars on themes associated with academic integrity. Please consult the CELT events webpage for information.

For information contact Sharon Flynn (sharon.flynn@nuigalway.ie).

General Advice and Training

CELT is willing to arrange individual or group advisory sessions on academic integrity with academic staff members, in consultation with the relevant School Plagiarism Advisor.


For information contact Sharon Flynn ( sharon.flynn@nuigalway.ie).

External Sources of Information

PlagiarismAdvice.org
A UK based site providing resources, training, advice and guidance to the education sector to help address growing concerns about plagiarism, whilst promoting appropriate use of electronic sources of information.

International Center for Academic Integrity
The International Center for Academic Integrity works to identify, promote, and affirm the values of academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers, and administrators.

Plagiarism.org
A resource from iParadigms, responsible for Turnitin, offering tips, guidelines and suggestions for students and staff on plagiarism avoidance.

Blackboard Support Guide for Turnitin
Some useful information on the use of Turnitin within Blackboard

 

Advice

CELT is willing to arrange individual or group advisory sessions on academic honesty with academic staff members, in consultation with the relevant School Plagiarism Advisor. For information contact Sharon Flynn.

Code of Practice

The code of practice was first adopted by Academic Council in 2003 and was revised in 2012 to include a plagiarism penalty grid, in keeping with good practice resulting from the Academic Misconduct Benchmarking Research (AMBeR) project carried out in the UK. Staff and academic units are urged to follow these guidelines in association with any College specific regulations.

NUIG Code of Practice for dealing with plagiarism