Sheridan is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity (AI).  Through the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure, Sheridan faculty, staff and students are expected to be vigilant regarding their respective roles and responsibilities when breaches of academic integrity occur. Sheridan is committed to balancing the use of sanctions with prevention and educational efforts to reduce breaches of academic integrity. 

One aspect of our AI efforts is annual reporting of the number and types of breaches and the range of sanctions imposed. This reporting will allow Sheridan to track breaches of the Academic Integrity Policy and use the data to develop further strategies for reducing academic dishonesty.

The following data summarizes reported breaches, from the central database, for each academic year subsequent to the introduction of the centralized process in 2013/2014:

AI Reported Breaches by Type

  • There were a total of 860 AI breaches reported in the 2014/2015 Academic Year, an increase of three percent from 2013/2014.
  • The number of offenses reported increased in the following categories in 2014/2015 compared to 2013/2014: cheating (+18%) and impersonation (+72%). Improper research practice breaches declined by 35% year-over-year, plagiarism breaches fell by seven percent, and other types of breaches were 13% lower.
  • The distribution of offenses by category in 2014/15 is: plagiarism (48%), cheating (41%), impersonation (6%), improper research practice (3%) and other (3%). 

TABLE 1 - Reported AI Breaches by Type, AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

 Breach Type

AY 2013-14

AY 2014-15

Year-Year Change

Number

% Total

Number

% Total

Number

% Change

Plagiarism

442

53%

409

48%

-33

-7%

Cheating

297

36%

349

41%

52

18%

Improper Research Practice

34

4%

22

3%

-12

-35%

Impersonation

29

3%

50

6%

21

72%

Other

32

4%

28

3%

-4

-13%

Multiple

2

0%

2

0%

0

0%

Total

836

100%

860

100%

24

3%

 
AI Reported Breaches by Offense Total

  • In AY 2014-15, almost nine in ten reported breaches involve the student’s first offense. It was the second offense in 9% of reported breaches, and the third offense for 2%.

TABLE 2 - Reported AI Breaches by Offense Totals, AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

Offense Totals

AY 2013-14

AY 2014-15

Year-Year Change

Number

% Total

Number

% Total

Number

% Change

1st Offense

742

89%

765

89%

23

-7%

2nd Offense

81

10%

75

9%

-6

18%

3rd Offense

11

1%

16

2%

5

-35%

Greater than 3rd Offense

2

0%

4

0%

2

107%

Total

836

100%

860

100%

24

3%

 

AI Reported Breaches by Sanction Type

In AY 2014-15, virtually all sanctions issued are Level 1-3 sanctions, with Level 1 sanctions accounting for 89% of total.

TABLE 3 - Reported AI Breaches by Sanction Type, AY 2013-14 and AY 2014-15

 Sanction Type

AY 2013-14

AY 2014-15

Year-Year Change

Number

% Total

Number

% Total

Number

% Change

Level 1

745

89%

766

89%

21

3%

Level 2

67

8%

80

9%

13

19%

Level 3

22

3%

12

1%

-10

-45%

Level 4

2

0%

2

0%

0

0%

Level 5

0

0%

0

0%

0

n.a

Level 6

0

0%

0

0%

0

n.a

Total

836

100%

860

100%

24

3%