Academic Integrity Office Tips for Students: Group Projects
Group projects can be a fun and challenging way to learn new material and complete a shared assignment. However, it’s never fun being in a group that gets flagged for plagiarism. Here are a few ideas for ways to approach a group project and avoid academic integrity issues.
- Starting an assignment early is key! Take the initiative to email everyone to set up your first meeting right away.
- At your first meeting, bring up the topic of academic integrity and how everyone is responsible for the entire assignment (not just the part you may write).
- Have a group discussion on roles and determine how you will collectively complete the project.
- Before ending the first meeting, review assignments with everyone so there are no miscommunications.
- If available, run your project through Turnitin before the final due date to check for content that may need a citation.
- Establish a group agreement that the final assignment will not be turned in until everyone in the group is able to review and sign off on the final draft by a deadline determined by the team.