Cultivating a Culture of Academic Integrity

Kortright Davis, Ph.D.

February 24, 2011

Video Segments

  1. How do the realities of today's world promote cheating?
  2. What cultures of cheating have emerged?
  3. What is "academic integrity"?
  4. What is happening to our students?
  5. How have universities responded to cheating?
  6. What should universities do?


Nationwide more and more faculty are complaining about Internet-age cheating and plagiarizing. Many feel that the problem reflects a crisis in values. If so, how do we instill a sense of academic integrity in our students? How do we create an academic culture that makes cheating, plagiarism, falsification of research, and other unethical practices unthinkable? Professor of Theology Kortright Davis proposes a "re-formation and transformation" of character. After identifying the realities that promote cheating and the cultures that foster it, he reviews definitions of academic integrity. Then he discusses "the patterns of deficits and infelicities" that lead students to cheat and the institutional policies and practices that are designed to deter cheating. However, he explains that policies alone will not suffice. "Cheaters," he insists, "need to be educated away from cheating." So he concludes this video by suggesting ways that faculty as well as administrators can "enlighten, encourage, and energize maturity and honesty."