Plagiarism Prevention

Webster University endeavors to educate both students and faculty about academic honesty. To facilitate this objective, the Faculty Development Center has provided a range of resources aimed to strategically address plagiarism through multiple prevention efforts and clear procedures to support Webster University’s academic honesty policies. These policies are available on the Important Policies section of the Faculty Resource Guide.

The first question that faculty often have is how to detect plagiarism or how to effectively utilize Turnitin. Understanding how Turnitin works and how this tool can be used to assess student submissions is essential.

The Best Practices for Preventing Plagiarism section provides educators with a range of resources that they can consult in order to promote university standards to their students. There are also recommendations to aid faculty in designing assignments and measures to ensure that students are consistently informed about course expectations and guidelines.

Another frequent concern for faculty is how to proceed should an instance of plagiarism be discovered. The Procedures section illustrates the steps faculty need to take should academic dishonesty occur in their students’ work. These steps ensure that Webster University is kept consistently informed about any incidents with student integrity, regardless of whether any further action needs to be taken with the situation.

In the event that plagiarism does occur, Webster University endeavors to use formative rather than punitive actions if preventative measures fail. To further this goal, the Plagiarism Prevention Program is a resource faculty may consider for their students to help educate them about plagiarism and how to avoid it in future academic work.

Through the alignment of preventative and procedural resources, incidences of plagiarism can be handled in a manner that provides substantial opportunity for the development of students' understanding of academic integrity and of the craft of academic writing. The university aims to provide a consistent, transparent focus on preventing plagiarism, and the following components will help standardize institutional efforts to prevent and address plagiarism.

Student Resources

The Academic Resource Center also has a student-centered discussion of plagiarism. The Plagiarism Prevention website addresses what plagiarism is, practices to avoid it, and citation guides; please refer students to this resource to ensure they are educated about this issue and are better equipped to maintain integrity in their work.