Academic Integrity Online

Online learning presents unique challenges and considerations related to academic integrity. See below for MCC procedures and regularly updated resources.

What to do if You Suspect Academic Dishonesty in your Online Class

The MCC Code of Conduct recognizes the right of faculty to manage their class, including addressing directly with students issues of scholastic dishonesty. The same recommendations and procedures apply online as they do face to face. See the 2019-2020 memo detailing MCC procedures. If you would like to consult with the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, please e-mail


Middlesex Community College is a member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). Visit ICAI for regularly updated resources. Faculty interested in being a preferred member (listed on the membership and receive notifications), may request this by e-mailing

Online Guidebook

How to Uphold Academic Integrity in Remote Learning

Getting Started with Academic Integrity In Online Classes

Teachers Say Cheating is More Common in Online Classes

Cheating in Online Education: Myth vs. Reality

Will Online Classes Become the New Front in College Cheating

Academic Integrity Seminar

MCC follows and partners with Academic Integrity Seminar. They have recently compiled information and are providing ongoing guidance for higher education faculty and staff facing a new teaching and learning reality. See the full document Integrity Semiinars: Special Report - Suggestions for Students and Colleagues During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Curbing Academic Dishonesty in Online Courses by Anita M. Krsak.


Many suggestions for designing test questions were found. Instructors may:

  • Design questions that could not be answered easily unless the individual has done the previous work in the course (Olt, 2002);

  • Have students apply personal experience when answering questions (“Strategies to Minimize”, 2006);

  • Use multiple-choice tests to emphasize important terms and concepts. Nelson said that he permits referring to the textbook for answers – “so much the better; for some, sad to say, it may be the only time they read the text” (1998, pp. 7-8).

AIS also recommends related guidance from Penn State University.


Last Modified: 2/7/24