Nursing Students' Perception of Academic Integrity

Herrington, Kristine, Suzanne Keep, Linda Thiel, and Robi Thomas

Background: Academic dishonesty on college campuses is believed to be a common occurrence. Faculty members within the nursing profession are especially concerned because of its potential effect on present and future professional practice.

Purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to determine the culture of academic integrity among nursing students prior to instituting an honor code. This study is the first phase of a longitudinal study to determine the effect of an honor code on academic integrity.

Methods: This descriptive study surveyed nursing students from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Nursing Program, located on the Aquinas College Campus in Grand Rapids. Volunteers were approached during the fall of 2006 and winter of 2007. Participants were asked to completed the 66-item Academic Integrity Survey© developed by Don McCabe, PhD. The study received IRB approval from UDM.

Findings and Discussion: Analysis is underway and completion is anticipated prior to presentation of poster.