The following file download is intended for recitation by the instructor at the outset of the course. It may optionally be included as a Word / PDF file within a Canvas ‘assignment’ (worth 0% of final grade) for students to download, sign, and upload to complete.
The following text exemplifies language that can be included in the ‘description’ field of Canvas assignments, quizzes, exams and / or embedded in the instructions page of an assessment file to reinforce academic integrity expectations.
Your submitted Assignment will be subject to automatic review via Turnitin, which will identify instances of plagiarism and any unusual similarities among student responses for further investigation.
By completing and submitting this Assignment on Canvas, you are expressly agreeing to the following: Academic Integrity – Student Honour Statement
“As a member of this class and of York University, I commit myself to the values and practices set forth in the Policies of Academic Honesty of both the Schulich School of Business and York University. I understand that I have a responsibility to maintain these values and, in order to do so, I will not engage in any form of cheating or other breach of academic honesty as defined by the Policies of Academic Honesty at the Schulich School of Business and York University.
More specifically, I promise to complete any remote online assessment in this course individually and without help from others (including former or current students enrolled in this course, outside tutors, or any other third party). I hereby expressly acknowledge and agree that engaging the help of others, including collaborating to answer questions together, is not permitted and constitutes academic dishonesty (i.e., cheating).
I also hereby expressly acknowledge and understand that, if I commit any form of academic dishonesty as described above, I may be subject to disciplinary action under York University policy which may result in serious adverse academic consequences for me.”
Closed-Book Timed Exams: Reduce completion times for relevant questions to preclude access to supplementary resources.
Explain Your Reasoning: Request commentary on ‘when’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ to use certain calculations, alongside final answer.
Work Backwards: Require students to demonstrate their understanding by reverse-engineering a problem.
Ex: ‘Here is the final answer. How did we get there?’ or ‘How is this variable used to achieve outcome “X”?’
Randomize: Include slight variations in data sets, question sequences, and exam facts requiring similar calculations to produce different, but correct, results.
Formative ‘Low Stakes’ Practice Problems: Provide student opportunities to complete practice problems / activities for low percentage marks in preparation for midterm and final assessments (perhaps, as asynchronous activity to augment participation marks).
Turnitin: Use to compare calculations, code, comments, layouts, etc.
Use ‘open-ended’ questions (i.e., how? when? where? why?) to solicit individual expression of ideas that relate to practical applications of terminology and/or significance of concepts pertaining to your course learning objectives.
Ex: “Explain how the concept of ‘duty of care’ can impose liability on management of a corporation and provide an example of how potential liability of this type has arisen in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Present brief fact scenarios with given outcomes, and ask students to work backward to identify key concepts and explain why outcomes occurred.
Consider creating external research questions framed in context of current societal and/or business-oriented events that apply course learnings, but are not covered directly in course resource materials.
Use Turnitin as a deterrent, specifying the ability to identify plagiarism & unusual similarities in text of student responses.