Teaching our students to value academic integrity -- to respect others' work and give credit for others' ideas -- is an important part of our work in the classroom. This page contains tips and tools for reducing and detecting violations of our community academic integrity standards.

The Academic Integrity website contains the UIS Academic Integrity Policy, as well as the procedures for handling violations, and a student guide. The academic integrity quiz is available in Canvas Commons for instructors to import into Canvas course sites.

Teaching Strategies

Design with Integrity in Mind

Instead of a test, consider alternative assessments such as a project, paper, or other types of assessment.  Vanderbilt University's website on Classroom Assessment Techniques presents ideas that might be helpful in designing assessments.  COLRS staff is also available to assist in thinking about alternative assessments for your courses.

  • Include academic integrity statement in course syllabus
  • Alternate assessments from term to term or class to class
  • Set up discussions to prevent viewing of classmates’ posts before posting
  • Write test questions and activities that require unique responses
  • Test settings (randomize, question pools, time limits, display questions one at a time, limit question feedback)
  • Create scaffolded assignments
  • Require presentations as part of an assignment

Plagiarism: Not citing sources, not using quotation marks

  • Turnitin can be used in Canvas Assignments to show where students have used the work of others
  • TurnItIn can also be used in Harmonize Discussions

Reusing: Submitting the same work for more than one course

  • As more faculty at UIS use Turnitin, this can be more easily detected
  • Turnitin identifies course and semester, access to paper can be requested by the original instructor

Cheating During Remote Exams

  • Respondus LockDown Browser can help, but can be circumvented
  • Respondus Monitor is a great option for low-stakes tests that is FREE for students
  • Proctoring centers can be used, but will all students receive consistent testing environments? Proctoring sites can vary widely.
  • Examity is a live video proctoring option to strengthen test integrity. Students pay a per exam fee (see Examity section below for rates)

Authenticity: Having another student take your exam for you

  • How are we ensuring that the student is the one completing the exam?
  • How are we authenticating our online students? Canvas requires two-factor authentication.
  • Respondus Monitor and Examity can be set up to check for identification cards as another layer of security.
  • Ask students to agree to an academic integrity statement before beginning a test or submitting an assignment:

“I verify I am the only one taking the exam and that no one is helping me physically or electronically. I won’t copy the exam in whole or in part. I will refrain from discussing this exam with anyone until after the due date. I will adhere to the academic integrity policy.”

-- Sample academic integrity statement for use before exams

Academic Integrity Tools

TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection for Canvas Assignments & Harmonize Discussions

The Internet has perpetuated the age old problem of plagiarism. Turnitin can assist faculty in detecting and preventing plagiarism. It is also an excellent assignment collection, grading, and feedback tool, and can be used as an online collaborative learning tool where students can get feedback from their classmates.

The Turnitin database includes:

  • Over 10 Billion Web Pages Crawled & Archived
  • Over 70 Million Student Papers
  • Over 10,000 Major Newspapers, Magazines & Scholarly Journals
  • Thousands Of Books Including Literary Classics
  • Printable Reports
  • Side-By-Side Comparison

Turnitin provides the ability for faculty to:

  • Quickly and conveniently identify how much material in a student’s paper is available on the Internet.
  • Deter students who may otherwise be tempted to use sources inappropriately.
  • Address the issue of proper citation of sources in a paper.
  • Pick up tips for writing assignments that discourage plagiarism and encourage independent thought.

How to Access

Turnitin is integrated into Canvas Assignments when you choose "online" as your submission type. View detailed instructions for creating a TurnItIn assignment.

View this guide to use TurnItIn in your Harmonize Discussion assignments.

Turnitin Resources

UIS Testing Center

The UIS Testing Center is open to in-person testing by appointment at no charge for UIS students, during the day Monday-Friday, and many evenings until 7:00 PM. The Testing Center also continues to offer remote testing via Zoom. (Students will need a laptop with a webcam to test remotely; Chromebooks and phones are not allowed.) Students can schedule test appointments by emailing testingservices@uis.edu. Current hours are available on the Testing Center website.

Respondus LockDown Browser 

Respondus actually offers two proctoring solutions, depending on faculty need. Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. When enabled for a quiz in Canvas, students cannot print, copy, access other applications, or search the internet during the online exam. (Instructors can still include links to external webpages, spreadsheets, audio or video files, etc. in the exam.) Because LockDown Browser does not prevent students from using secondary devices such as iPads or cell phones, this is best used in a live testing environment, in which the instructor or a designated proctor can monitor students in a classroom or lab setting. LockDown Browser should already be installed in most on-campus classrooms and labs with computers. To confirm that LockDown Browser is installed in a specific room, contact ITS at 217-206-6000 or techsupport@uis.edu.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a fully-automated proctoring solution that builds upon LockDown Browser and may be appropriate for low-stakes exams and online or remote students who are unable to come to campus to take an exam. Students use a webcam to record themselves during an online exam. Suspicious testing behavior is automatically flagged by the software, and proctoring results are available to the instructor for further review. Respondus Monitor can be used on most devices (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, and iPads), and there’s no need to schedule a proctoring session in advance. Respondus Monitor is free for faculty and students to use and it is integrated with Canvas. Information Technology Services (ITS) provides instructions for students using LockDown Browser and Monitor (Links to an external site.).

Examity - Live Video Proctoring

Examity offers students a secure and convenient way to take proctored exams online from anywhere, any time of the day.  Examity is integrated with the learning management system. Faculty and students access Examity directly from the learning management system without the hassle of another username and password. Faculty have the flexibility to select the level of online test security and to tailor the test environment to meet desired exam specifications. Examity is fully ADA-compliant, so all students may take advantage of the service. Faculty can track when students take exams and can review video recordings from any test sessions up to one month after the exam session. Exam sessions can be audited with incident reports provided to the faculty. After faculty set up a test to be proctored with Examity, students book a time to take the exam and are monitored via a webcam.

Just as with many in-person proctoring services, students must pay a fee to the proctor. The cost of taking an exam with Examity varies based on the length of the exam, the level of proctoring required by the instructor, and how soon the exam will take place. Costs listed are per student per exam for exams scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the proctoring session.

Proctoring ServiceCost for a 1-Hour ExamCost for Each Additional Hour
Live Authentication$6.00N/A
Automated Proctoring (Standard)$4.00unlimited
Automated Proctoring (Premium)$6.00unlimited
Record & Review Proctoring$15.00$7.00
Live Authentication & Proctoring$17.00$7.00

Cancellations or changes within 24 hours of an examination will result in a $5.00 charge per occurrence. Full payment will be required for any no-shows. Set-up time will not be included in the examination time. Prices listed are current as of July 1, 2022.

Examity Resources

Additional In-Person Proctoring Options

For Illinois students who need an in-person proctor but are unable to come to campus, students may visit a local community college, usually for a nominal fee. To locate a testing service in the United States, the U.S. Territories, England, Singapore, Canada, or Puerto Rico, try the National College Testing Association.

In-Person Proctoring Resources