to Reduce Cheating
Dealing with misconduct of any
kind is an unpleasant duty for any instructor. It is to your advantage
to make cheating as difficult as possible.
Specific guidelines for management of examinations
are used during the final examination period to reduce opportunities
to cheat. Checking student ID cards and preparing seating plans are effective practices to prevent cheating in examinations. Instructors should adopt the same guidelines whenever feasible in conducting in-class tests and mid-term exams. However, for in-class tests and mid-term exams, the regular classrooms may not meet the requirements of these guidelines, and it may not be practical to schedule alternative venues.
Multiple versions of test papers
may make it more difficult for students in neighboring seats to
copy from one another. The versions may have the same questions
in different orders, or several variations of the same questions.
Collaborative or group work is
an area where clear rules can reduce the risk of cheating. If you
tell students they can work together on assignments, you should
be clear about whether they can also submit a joint or nearly identical
result. It is good practice to put such rules in writing and include
them with other course materials handed out early in the term.
In the course outline you hand
out to students at the beginning of the course, you may remind your
students of their commitment to the HKUST Academic Honor Code and
of the consequences if they violate the university regulations for
student conduct and academic integrity.
The University Academic Honor Code should be reprinted on examination answer books, and you should require your students to sign a declaration of academic integrity on the front cover of the answer books.
Declaration of Academic Integrity
I confirm that I have answered the questions using only materials specifically approved for use in this examination, that all the answers are my own work, and that I have not received any assistance during the examination.
You may also require your students
to declare their compliance to the Academic Honor Code in the assignments
submitted for your course.