Institutional programs

Published on 21/05/2015

Preventing and managing breaches of integrity

Many institutions have put procedures for the prevention of plagiarism into place over the past few years. Others are now beginning the process.

At their request, we have put together a two-day seminar for the individuals tasked with leading the teams in charge of anti-plagiarism programs and with overseeing the implementation of the programs in their entirety.

These training sessions give them an opportunity to meet each other and to build networks so that they can share discoveries relating to the programs they are implementing.

The teaching methodology is based on the case study method and pair work.


Day 1

A – Program context and foundations

Learning objectives: Master a clear ethical framework in order to distinguish situations that pose a risk to morale, academic ethics or the ethics of teaching and research, or for which the institution may be liable. Understand the 10 consequences of plagiaristic behavior and know how to explain them to others within the institution.

B – Techniques for approaching cases of plagiarism and fraud

Learning objectives: Be aware of the legal and digital techniques for circumscribing plagiarism. Be aware of the laws relating to plagiarism and know how to use and explain them. Use similarity detection software and be aware of its limitations. Know how to counsel victims with respect to filing complaints for plagiarism committed by representatives of other institutions and/or other countries.

Day 2  

A – Putting an institutional program into place

Learning objectives: The steps involved in creating an integrated institutional project are broken down and an execution timeline is created by each participant. We differentiate twelve action plans to facilitate their analysis and execution. Develop an awareness of the fact that efficiently handling plagiarism requires an integrated framework that is more than the sum of its different action plans. The monitoring of the program over time will also be formalized.

B – Managing the complaint procedure

Learning objectives: Be able to explain how a complaint for plagiarism is received within an academic institution, to assist the individuals involved in cases of plagiarism, and to conduct an investigation. Know how to set up an assessment committee, with consideration given to the persons involved. Be able to provide advice on the investigation of cases, possible sanctions, remedies for the victims, and the possible publication of the results.