Online Academic Integrity

Strategies to Mitigate Cheating in Online Courses

From the article, Cheating In Online Courses: The Student Definition (Raines et al., 2011), the authors state that “across all the definitions [of cheating, supplied by the students] was recognition of the unique characteristics of online learning and that there are differences between the expectations in an online and classroom based course” (p. 86). They suggest that “students look to faculty to set the boundaries of acceptable learning behaviors” and that faculty must outline their expectations clearly.

To learn more about how to encourage academic integrity in any learning environment or to become familiar with the reporting process should a faculty member suspect cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic misconduct, visit the Office of Academic Integrity website.


Raines, D.A., Ricci, P., Brown, S.L., Eggenberger, T., Hindle, T., & Schiff, M. (2011). Journal of Effective Teaching, 11(1), 80–89.