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Building a Community of Trust

Update | Friday, October 1, 2021

As part of the continuing campaign about Academic Integrity – which began about one year ago – you will see communications titled “Building a Community of Trust,” in which we focus on good practices in building academic confidence and creating a culture of academic responsibility.

This week we start a series of communications to students that help them understand what academic integrity is, why it is important, and tips for academic responsibility. These will appear in the student newsletter, social media, and in the Blackboard scroll. In addition, communications encouraging students to participate in faculty office hours and appointments will be distributed. Connections established during officer hours are another important part of building a sense of community.  

For faculty, a document titled “Building a Community of Trust” is available at this link.  This document was produced based on faculty feedback. It provides information related to being clear about expectations, building community, and incorporating opportunities for students to practice before testing. In addition, it provides honor pledges that help support academic integrity in your classes.  

For more information, contact Tom Erney dean, Digital Education and Instructional Services, at, or Diana Wisse, senior director, Student Affairs, at



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