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Academic Integrity Team Competition

The Academic Integrity Office is excited to announce our first team competition, taking place Winter 2014!

If you are a current UCSD student, you're eligible to form a team and enter. Rally your house, floor, or res hall to join! Get your sorority or fraternity involved! Enter as a student org! Any type of team is eligible.

Earn points in a variety of ways that help to build UCSD's culture of integrity. Examples of ways to earn points include:

  • Attending workshops
  • Taking online surveys
  • Talking to instructors about academic integrity

Winning teams choose from excellent prizes including: gifts cards to the UCSD Bookstore, food for an event, or co-sponsorship from our office for an integrity event of your own! 

For more information about the contest, explore the sections below.

Contest dates and deadlines:

  • Contest registration opens: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7 a.m.
  • Contest closes: Friday, March 14, 2014, at 4 p.m.
  • Your completed workshop attendance and interview forms must be delivered to the Academic Integrity Office by 4 p.m. on March 14, 2014.

How do we earn points?

1. Workshops

Sign up for a workshop to sharpen your skills and learn more about how to complete your college work with integrity. Each member of your team that attends one of these workshops or consultations earns your team 3 points.

Download and complete the workshop attendance verification form (PDF) for any of the workshop ideas listed below. Each team member must have his/her own form signed. Attendance forms must be delivered to the Academic Integrity Office by 4 p.m. on March 14, 2014. Keep in mind that although this is the deadline to submit your signed attendance form, you'll need to act much earlier than this to sign up for and attend a workshop.

Workshops to choose from:

The Writing Center holds a number of eligible workshops, including:

  • Reading and Summarizing an Academic Argument
  • Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
  • Basic Writing I: Summarizing a Reading Passage
  • Incorporating Sources: Evidence and Attribution

Your team can also contact the writing center to inquire about arranging for a special workshop catered just to your needs. See the Writing Center's workshop schedule.

The Library offers consultations to help students learn about how to avoid plagiarism. Sign up now for a library consultation.

The Academic Integrity Office also offers academic integrity advising to students. To request an advising session, e-mail aic@ucsd.edu, and include the following information:

  • Whether you'd like a one-on-one appointment or a small group session
  • The names of the student(s) seeking advising
  • Whether you would prefer to meet with a Peer Educator or the Academic Integrity Advisor & Education Coordinator
  • A list of times during the week when you would be available for scheduling a consultation
  • A list of questions or topics of concern. Topics you might consider include: how to avoid panic cheating, arming yourself to make good ethical decisions in difficult situations, how to talk to instructors, how to talk to friends about doing school work honestly, academic integrity and professional integrity

2. Online survey

Fill out this online survey to earn your team points. Each survey submitted by a unique individual earns 1 point for their team.

3. Quiz

Make sure you're familiar with academic integrity at UCSD (hint: academicintegrity.ucsd.edu is a great place to start!) Then visit the Academic Integrity Office to take a short, easy quiz. Each team member who takes the quiz earns your team 1 point.

4. Come to one of our events

Attend any event sponsored by the Academic Integrity Office or the Academic Integrity Matters Student Organization. Each member of your team to attend earns 1 point. Just check in with any representative from AIO or AIM to have your attendance recorded.

5. Hold an event

Your team can hold an event of their own! Any event related to academic integrity is eligible: Invite a guest speaker to talk about professional ethics, or have an academic integrity knowledge bowl.

If your team is planning an event that you would like to qualify, send an e-mail to: abrovold@ucsd.edu and include the following information:

  • A description of the event
  • The student organization(s) or group(s) involved
  • An explanation of how this event relates to academic integrity

Any event that takes place during Winter quarter is eligible. Be sure to send your e-mail by March 14, 2014, in order to have your event approved.

5. Talk to an instructor about Academic Integrity

Your team can earn 2 points for each faculty member you interview about academic integrity. Download this list of interview questions (PDF) that we think it would be useful to ask. Of course, you should also ask any questions that seem useful or important to you!

Be sure to bring the interview form with you for the instructor to sign. These must be submitted to the Academic Integrity Office by 4 p.m. on March 14, 2014. Keep in mind that although this is the deadline to submit your forms, you'll need to act much earlier than this to set up an interview with a faculty member.

6. Enter the “What’s Your Reason?” contest

Each member of your team that enters the “What’s Your Reason?” contest earns your team 1 point. Be sure to include a note identifying your team with your entry.

What could we win?

The winning team can choose from three prize options:

  • The Academic Integrity Office will co-sponsor an academic or professional ethics-themed event with you*
  • Food for your social event or meeting**
  • $200 in gift cards at the UCSD bookstore

* The value of this prize will vary.  Depending on the nature of your event, funding support may range from $200 to $1,000.  Any events co-sponsored by the AI Office must be open to the UCSD community.

**  Up to $200. We will work with you to choose a vendor.

The second place team can choose between the following prize options:

  • The Academic Integrity Office will co-sponsor an academic or professional ethics themed event with you*
  • Food for your social event or meeting**
  • $100 in gift cards at the UCSD bookstore

* The value of this prize will vary. Depending on the nature of your event, funding support may range from $100 to $1,000. Any events co-sponsored by the AI Office must be open to the UCSD community.

**  Up to $100. We will work with you to choose a vendor.

How do we register our team?

Use this online registration form to register your team before March 14, 2014.

How can I see how my team is doing?

Your points can be tracked here.

Questions?

Contact the Academic Integrity Office, (858) 822-2163.