“iamSTATE. iamACADEMICINTEGRITY” is a new initiative that the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity created to educate students on the importance of academic honesty.

The Office of Student Conduct and Integrity wants students to understand what plagiarism is so that they do not accidentally plagiarize.

Student Conduct and Integrity assistant director Kourtney Barrett has been working with the initiative.

“We have been working in partnership with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Excellence as well as some assistance from Instructional Design,” Barrett said. “We’ve developed a new initiative to address concerns regarding academic misconduct.”

The initiative was created to improve student understanding of what is expected of them.

“The new campaign — and I use ‘campaign’ loosely because there isn’t any other way to address it — called ‘iamSTATE. iamACADEMICINTEGRITY,’” Barrett said. “The idea is that it gives students a brief overview as to what academic integrity is and how they can avoid accidents of academic dishonesty.”

The Office of Student Conduct and Integrity created the initiative with the help of other organizations so that they are able to distribute the information in different ways.

“We worked with Instructional Design to create a video which serves as an educational tool,” Barrett said. “The video was created by myself and Lisa Hughes from Instructional Design.”

Along with the video, “iamSTATE. iamACADEMICINTEGRITY” also has fliers around campus.

“We also worked with Student Marketing Company,” Barrett said. “They helped us design two posters that we have placed in the colleges, departments and key study areas that hopefully encourage students to stop and think about keeping their eyes on their own paper, giving credit where credit is due and upholding the values of integrity in and outside of the classroom.”

The Office of Student Conduct and Integrity has seen academic dishonesty as a problem because students do not completely understand the different types of dishonesty.

“I think students get really caught up with plagiarism because so many students struggle with the differences between plagiarism and paraphrasing and how to appropriately cite their resources,” Barrett said.

There are also different kinds of academic dishonesty that students may not know about or do not completely understand.

“Students also get tied up into things such as falsification, forgery and obstruction,” Barrett said. “Students need to know that something as simple as sharing your completed worksheet with your friend who maybe ran out of time and couldn’t get their worksheet done in time is facilitating academic dishonesty.”

The video is located on the Facebook page ISU Student Conduct and Integrity: Be Rooted as well as their Twitter account.

“We just want students to be aware of academic integrity,” Barrett said. “They need to be aware that they need to earn their degree. A degree won’t have a lot of value to it if they didn’t do the work that is expected behind the degree.”