Academic Integrity Education Program | Webster University

Academic Integrity Education Program

Higher education holds students accountable for the quality and integrity of the work they submit for academic review. Webster University's Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty Policy are available in the Student Handbook. When these policies have been compromised due to plagiarism, students may be referred to the Academic Integrity Education Program (AIEP).

The AIEP addresses plagiarism on two fronts: first, by educating students on Webster University’s academic honesty policy as well as common standards of academic writing and documentation and, secondly, by having students incorporate those principles into their own work. The AIEP stresses that academic honesty can be upheld by understanding plagiarism, developing effective strategies in the writing process, and incorporating source material appropriately and with proper citation. The objectives of the AIEP are to provide students with a thorough understanding of those concepts as well as strategies to avoid or correct issues that arise in their work so that future academic assignments will maintain academic standards.

Being Enrolled in the AIEP

When a student is referred to the Academic Integrity Education Program, they should be fully aware of the process as well as the requirements of completing the course:

  • When an instructor refers a student to the AIEP, they are sent a notification letter about the circumstances of their enrollment. Around the same time, they will be added to the AIEP course in WorldClassRoom.
  • The course is largely self-guided, so it is the student's responsibility to progress through the material. They will have 12 weeks from the time of the notification letter and addition to the course to complete the program. During those 12 weeks, they are allowed to remain an active student in Webster courses, but they must also dedicate time and effort to the AIEP materials and assignments. 
  • In the course, each module will provide lecture notes and other educational materials to promote an understanding of each concept; no textbook is required. At the end of each module, the student will have a quiz or short writing assignment to show their understanding of the material. In this course, however, they are required to complete all assignments according to academic integrity standards, as determined by the course instructor, before they will be able to move on, a process which typically requires several revisions.
  • When the student reaches the last module of the course, they will find the requirements of the final writing project, and they will then work on a five-page research paper over academic integrity. This paper must illustrate what the student learned through the Academic Integrity Education Program course and demonstrate their ability to complete a research essay with appropriate source use and citation.
  • Once the student has achieved a strong draft of the essay, they will submit it for evaluation by the course instructor, who will review the assignment and assess how well the draft meets the program requirements. 

Note: simply submitting the paper does not conclude the program. The student must engage in revisions as directed by the instructor. However, if clear intentional or complete plagiarism is apparent in the essay, the student will not receive feedback or be able to revise the paper; they will instead be referred to the Academic Honesty Board for further action.

  • The instructor will provide direct commentary on the content of accepted drafts as well as recommendations and instructions on how the essay must be revised to meet the expectations of the program. The student must then carefully assess the feedback provided and revise their essay. This drafting process (submitting a draft, receiving the instructor's feedback, revising further, and submitting again) will typically be repeated a number of times, with the instructor providing feedback with each new draft. The student will be asked to continue to revise the essay until the instructor has noted that the submission meets allprogram expectations and they receive a "complete" for the paper.
  • Once the student's paper illustrates a thorough and effective understanding of academic integrity and source use, they will pass the course and be prompted to take the final survey. Enrollment in the AIEP will be concluded.

As noted above, completing the program should take no more than 12 weeks. At the conclusion of 12 weeks, if the student has not completed all components of the program, they will be sent a letter notifying them of their enrollment dates and current status. They will then be deactivated from the course, an Academic Advising hold will be placed on their account, and they will be unable to enroll in additional coursework at the University.

Note: If the student is currently enrolled in a course when deactivated from the AIEP, they will be able to finish their course(s) but will be unable to register or remain registered for additional terms.

If the student would like to seek reinstatement in the program after they have been deactivated, please contact Dr. Carolyn I. Brown, Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center, at (314) 246-7668 or carolynbrown04@webster.edu to arrange a consultation to discuss their current progress and their potential reactivation in the program. During the consultation, Dr. Brown will work with the student to determine whether they may resume the AIEP course.

Note: Should reactivation be granted, the student will have one-time 12-week extension to complete the program (this extension will start after current courses are completed, if applicable; if they are enrolled in future terms, they will be unenrolled from those courses). During that time, the student will be unable to register for additional coursework, and the hold on their account will not be lifted until they meet all requirements of the program. If they complete the program by this second deadline, the hold will be lifted from their account, and they will be able to enroll in new courses. If the student fails to complete the program by this second deadline, they will be dismissed from the AIEP and unable to resume coursework at the University.