Touro University System Academic Integrity Policy
Policy revised August 2023
In November 2010, President Alan Kadish appointed a broadly representative Academic Task Force to create a uniform policy for Academic Integrity across the then named Touro College and University System (TCUS). In addressing the issues raised by the President, the Touro College and University System, under the leadership of the Task Force, joined the International Center for Academic Integrity (based in Clemson University), conducted surveys of faculty, administration, and students, and examined best practices in all areas concerning academic integrity both within the Touro College and University System and throughout academic institutions nationally and internationally.
In June 2012, with the ratification of the TCUS Academic Integrity Policy, the Academic Integrity Council was appointed by the President and charged with interpretation and implementation of the policies, and to ensure that the policy was uniformly applied throughout the system. In August of that year, the Academic Integrity Statement, created for inclusion in all course syllabi, was disseminated, followed by posting of this statement on the Touro website, the college LMS and school catalogs. In 2015, a revised Academic Integrity Policy was created based on recommendations from the Council. In November of 2022, the Council was reconstituted with the change of TCUS to University status and the expansion of Touro University. The Council was charged with the following:
- To examine the current academic culture with regards to cheating and plagiarism, and the practices, policies, and procedures of the various Schools and Divisions of Touro University regarding the same.
- To consider issues concerning student plagiarism at Touro and recommend appropriate ways and best practices to eliminate the phenomenon, to the extent that it exists.
- To establish Touro’s policy regarding the unauthorized use of artificial intelligence (AI).
- To define optimal procedures for test administration and exam security—including the repeating of test questions, use of proctors, etc.—and to recommend additional policies and actions, as appropriate.
- To recommend a comprehensive structure and framework at Touro to ensure Academic Integrity throughout its schools, campuses, and programs.
The original Task Force sought to define policies and procedures that are clear, uniform, and appropriate to address current issues of Academic Integrity at Touro. Touro University owes a debt of gratitude to the Task Force.
In developing the TUS Policy on Academic Integrity, the Task Force drew freely from exemplary policy documents that were already in place within units of Touro University.
This document contains a Statement on Academic Integrity followed by a comprehensive presentation of violations of academic integrity. It delineates procedures in response to violations and contains recommendations for implementation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Additionally, this document provides best practices in the promotion of academic integrity to be adopted by faculty, staff, and students regarding training, test administration, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, and plagiarism detection.
As President Kadish initially instructed the TCUS Task Force, “Academic integrity affects every unit and individual involved in academic life.” It is our hope that the policies and procedures contained herein will foster academic integrity throughout Touro University.