Group Work: Why is there so much of it?
One thing that jumps out to any new student is the amount of group work Schulich requires. There is an emphasis on this because group work develops many skills needed in your future careers, such as leadership, communication, delegation and time management.
Plagiarism in Group Work
The majority of plagiarism breaches we see are from group work. It is important to remember that the entire team is responsible for anything submitted and can all be charged with an infraction.
Some easy steps to avoid this:
- Create a group contract that clearly states you will not share the project with anybody and you will not plagiarize.
- Agree on a citation style.
- Communicate any issues you are having with the group and see if someone can help. Plagiarizing your portion only puts the entire group at risk and jeopardizes your relationships.
- Prepare enough time to work on the project. Schulich only has busy programs – plan accordingly!
How can I learn more about academic integrity and group work?
Drafting and signing a mutually agreed upon contract is an effective way to ensure accountability among your group members.
- Sets expectations for the project.
- Clarifies roles, responsibilities, schedules, and availability.
- Defines citation style and academic integrity standards.
Here is a great example of a team contract from Carnegie Mellon University. Feel free to adjust it to fit your needs.
The library is hosting a workshop on Stress-Free Citation and Integrity on Tuesday, February 5th. Gain a thorough understanding of best citation practices and academic honesty (even the grey areas) in this workshop. This is open to all students.
Please head over here for more information and to sign-up.
Academic Honesty Modules on Canvas
Did you know that Schulich created a brand new Academic Honesty module this year? The modules cover a variety of topics like Citation and Plagiarism, Group Work, Cheating, and Aiding and Abetting. If you’re interested in taking the modules, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Problems & #ProTips
|I got the final part of the assignment from my group member but there are no in-text citations or references. I checked and some of it is copied.||
|But I don’t have time to send it back, it’s due in the morning!||
|One group member hasn’t been responding to messages or doing their work.||
|One group member never attends our meetings or work sessions. They do their work, but we always have to edit it because they’re never around.||
|Another group plagiarized our assignment – even the portion I had worked on myself. I didn’t share it with anybody. What happens next?||