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1 Motivations, definitions, and the “plagiarism trap”: Perceptions of academic integrity across cultures Claire Walker Research & Instruction Librarian Lila D. Bunch Library Belmont University Amanda B. Click Doctoral Fellow School of Information & Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2 Survey Demographics AUC 130 responses 36% male, 64% female Most common majors: undeclared, business administration, political science, integrated marketing communication Belmont 89 responses 36% male, 64 % female Most common majors: entertainment and music business, health sciences/nursing, social sciences

3 Defining Academic Integrity Belmont Originality of work No cheating Proper use of others’ work AUC No cheating Proper use of others’ work Honesty

4 Perceptions of AI on Campus I understand the concept of academic integrity. I think that Belmont/AUC students in general are ethical students. I believe that my professors encourage ethical behavior. During my time at Belmont/AUC, I have been taught about academic integrity.

5 Reporting Classmates I would report a classmate to the Honor Court/Academic Integrity Committee for cheating. I would report a classmate to the Honor Court/Academic Integrity Committee for plagiarizing. I would I would report a classmate to the professor for cheating. I would I would report a classmate to the professor for plagiarizing.

6 Learning about AI AUC Professors Freshman Year Experience Specific classes Family High school Belmont Professors Specific classes Syllabus/Honor Code High school Welcome Week/Towering Traditions

7 Frequency of Dishonest Behaviors AUC students plagiarize… AUC students cheat… I plagiarize…I cheat… Often51%73%3%5% Rarely42%22%19%23% Never7%5%78%72% Totals100.0%100% BU students plagiarize… BU students cheat… I plagiarize…I cheat… Often27%47%5%7% Rarely61%51%3%11% Never12%2%92%82% Totals100.0%100%

8 Reasons for Dishonest Behaviors Similarities: Taking the easy way out Laziness Not enough time Want better grades

9 Reasons for Dishonest Behaviors Differences: Culturally accepted Blaming professors Pressure (aside from grades) Lack of consequences

10 Themes/Theories Confusion about academic integrity concepts and rules Collectivist nature of culture Technology supported dishonesty Time constraints Creativity as motivation

11 Librarians Promoting AI Teach students to USE information properly, not just FIND it Offer workshops on citation, time management, etc. Promote a unified perspective on appropriate scholarly behavior Work with faculty to develop better assignments Think about academic integrity instruction as discipline-specific

12 Thank you! Questions? Comments? Claire Walker Amanda Click


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