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Concerns about Misuse of Course Materials

April 7, 2021

Learning-based social networking sites such as Course Hero and Chegg have grown over the past 15 years and are used by students in both residential and online delivery modes as a resource for studying. These sites do not tolerate plagiarism, copyright infringement, or cheating. They expect students to follow their university’s academic integrity policies and also each site’s guidelines for adhering to copyright laws and academic integrity.

In some instances, students have violated these policies by uploading or using course materials inappropriately. To mitigate this, each site has takedown request guides for instructors who find their course materials have been misused. The U-M College of Engineering Honor Council Administrator is available to discuss any faculty questions or concerns related to academic integrity (734-764-4139, honorcouncil-admin@umich.edu).

FURTHER READING

Identifying & Responding to the Misuse of Course Content

  1. Search your course number in Chegg, Course Hero, and Reddit. You may also consider searching with phrases from exams or assignments as well, as materials are often not tied to the course number.
  2. If you find any course materials, follow these instructions from the Engineering Center for Academic Success to request it be taken down. Most of these websites have quick response processes to remove such content in a timely fashion.
  3. Email the Honor Code administrative team at honorcouncil-admin@umich.edu to inform them about the materials misuse and discuss any further action or concerns

Email the Honor Code administrative team at honorcouncil-admin@umich.edu to inform them about the materials misuse and discuss any further action or concerns.

Preventing the Misuse of Course Content

  • Include syllabus statements regarding Honor Code and course material policy.
  • Let students know you are aware of and monitoring sites like Chegg and Course Hero.
  • Add a copyright marking in the footer of each disseminated course material as an ongoing reminder (e.g., “© University of Michigan”).
  • Consider these tips for supporting academic integrity.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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