Best Practices in Academic Integrity in the UDM College of Health Professions- Detroit and Grand Rapid

Conley, Joyce, Greg Bozimowski, Amy Dereczyk, Kristin Oneail, Mary O'Shaughnessey, and Linda Thiel

Health professionals hold the lives of others in their hands each day.  Integrity-based professional behaviors can save lives, dishonest professional behaviors can lead to loss of life. The University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions (CHP) seeks to create an environment in which academic integrity is the expectation of both students and faculty.  Students are expected to exhibit behaviors that epitomize academic, professional and personal integrity. They are committed to the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus which emphasize values, respect for others, and academic excellence. Adherence to high standards is necessary to ensure quality in education and clinical care in all CHP programs. A student's acceptance into a CHP program is conditional upon signing an affirmation of the Honor Code.


Based on the work of a CHP Task Force in 2005, the CHP approved its Honor Code in August, 2006. The CHP Honor Council, comprised of CHP faculty and students, was initiated in August, 2007.  The Honor Code and the Honor Council are described in the presentation.


The CHP Honor Council, faculty and students have demonstrated best practices in Academic Integrity through the following activities and practices, as described in the presentation.  Each student signs a pledge to adhere to the Honor Code.  A copy of this signed pledge is maintained in the student's academic file. Integrity statements are included in syllabi and exams. Standard practices for classroom exams have been adopted. Presentations on integrity include an annual panel discussion (by experts, faculty and students), ethics debates and other student presentations.  The Honor Code is displayed within the CHP.  Annual integrity awards for exemplary individuals and students have been initiated. Blackboard sites on Academic Integrity are under development. Ongoing academic integrity surveys of students' attitudes and behaviors are conducted and analyzed.