Academic Integrity

Preventing Academic Integrity Infractions

The CBTF upholds the principles of Academic Integrity.

Examples of academic integrity infractions done in the CBTF are, but not limited to, the following:

  • Bringing in unauthorized materials, such as cheat sheets, electronic devices, and writing on body parts, into the CBTF that the student refers to during the exam.
  • Taking out used or blank CBTF-provided scratch paper.
  • Continuing working after the end of the exam is announced.

Several measures are in place to deter and detect violations.

Proctors

If there at least 30 students testing at the CBTF, there will be 2 proctors present in the room to monitor individual student behavior and ensure that all test takers have a uniformed testing experience.

If academic integrity infractions are observed, statements from both proctors-on-duty provide a more reliable basis for filing a FAIR case.

Security Cameras

The CBTF is equipped with video surveillance to detect and confirm suspicious behavior and cheating.

In the event of a FAIR allegation, instructors can make an appointment with the CBTF Coordinator to review the camera footage within 30 days of the incident.

Privacy Screens

Monitors are equipped with privacy screens.

Pre-exam Announcements

Before the students are checked-in with their iCards, proctors make an announcement out in the hallway that cover the
following topics:

  • Your iCard is needed for check-in.
  • All book bags must be placed on the metal racks in front of the room.
  • All electronic devices must be stored inside book bags or in the bins
    on the proctor desks.
  • Phones cannot be on your person once you are at your desks.
    Phones must be stored in book bags or in the bins on the proctor desks.
  • No scratch paper or help sheets may leave the facility.
    All paper must be disposed of inside the facility.
  • Restroom breaks are not allowed. If you need to use the bathroom,
    it is best to go before entering the CBTF.
  • Only scratch paper, a writing utensil, the CBTF-provided calculator,
    and iCard are allowed on the desks.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at the workstations.

During FINAL EXAMS, students are asked to show empty pockets before entering the testing area.

During Check-in

Proctors swipe-in each student with their iCard to confirm identity.
Students are also asked to confirm that their phone is not on their person.

After Check-in Sweep

After all the students have been checked-in and the beginning of the exam is announced, proctors move around each row to check for:

  • Baseball caps – students are asked to wear caps backwards
    so it doesn’t impede visibility from the cameras
  • Personal items – items such as wallets, keys, scarves, pencil cases,
    personal calculators, water bottles, etc.
    are not allowed on the desk. Depending on the item, these can be placed on
    top of the computer, draped on the chair, placed in their pockets, or
    brought to the proctor desk where they can be picked up as they exit
    the CBTF.
  • Suspicious paper – proctors are trained to look out for irregularities
    and to investigate these irregularities appropriately.

During exams

Proctors move around or periodically stay in one of the strategic stations around the room, observing student behavior.

If any suspicious behavior is observed, the proctor will alert the other proctor-on-duty and the CBTF Coordinator via Slack. Both proctors-on-duty will investigate and file a report for the Coordinator to check the security cameras for confirmation.

If a student is caught committing an academic integrity infraction, proctors will file a cheating report to the Coordinator who will check the security cameras for confirmation and write up the documentation needed to file a FAIR pre-case.

Colored scratch paper

Colored paper is used as scratch paper.
Colors are switched out every testing hour.

Signage

The CBTF has several signs outside and inside the facility:

Sign reading, "Notice: All activities monitored by video camera."
Sign reading, "Warning: All paper must be disposed of inside the testing area."
Lab sign with policy reminders
Lab sign describing what is considered cheating

How the CBTF Reports Cheating to FAIR

For Reportable Incidents

  • In reportable instances of cheating (i.e. notes confiscated, cell phone use is observed, students are seen discussing information from the exam, etc.) the CBTF FAIR team will write a report documenting the incident, combining information gathered by proctors, footage from the security cameras, and when applicable, photos of confiscated materials.
  • The FAIR team will submit the report to the CBTF admins for approval which will then be uploaded to FAIR directly. We hope to make this process as convenient as possible for you.
  • You will get an email notification once the report is successfully uploaded to FAIR. You can decide how you would like to proceed. More information is available on the FAIR website.

For Minor Incidents

  • Minor offenses or noticeably suspicious behavior (i.e. starting an exam early, wandering eyes, notes caught before exam starts) will be documented. If students are found to repeat offend 3 times or more it will be reported to the professor also in the FAIR format.
  • The CBTF is developing programming so that when students have noticeably cheated or are caught with suspicious behavior they will be flagged in the proctor’s system.
    The proctor/system will monitor these students more closely during future exams.

For a quick guide about academic integrity violations please go to http://www.provost.illinois.edu/academicintegrity/instructors.html

Reporting Standards for Cheating

Reportable Cheating

Examples of cheating that will be reported through FAIR directly.

  • Using cell phones or smart devices of any kind right before and during the exam
  • Bringing unauthorized materials or notes to the exam
  • Copying work from other students
  • Deliberately taking paper out of the CBTF after being told to leave it in the lab
  • Any behaviors that were corrected once by the proctor but the student continues to engage in such as looking at a neighbor’s exam.

Non-Reportable Suspicious Behaviors

Examples of non-reportable suspicious behaviors that require 3 instances to be recorded before it can be reported to FAIR.

  • Wandering eyes
  • Talking to other students after the exam out at the CBTF hallway
  • Being caught with unauthorized materials before an exam
  • Exhibiting suspicious behavior that has no physical evidence of cheating
  • Starting the exam too early

Proctors will document non-reportable offenses so that students who continue to break rules will have consequences.

Information Collected in Cheating Incidents

Proctors collect the following information before filing an FAIR report:

  • Name, UIN, and NetID of the student
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Class and Instructor name
  • Photographic evidence of cheating
  • Security camera footage of the incident
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