Academic integrity fairness transparency and plagiarism

Higher education institutions (HEIs) have scarce public statistics on plagiarism on their websites. The statistics are virtually non-existent. That is my individual experience after I have been trying to find such statistics on the Internet.

It seems to be a standard approach. However, is this “standard“ in concordance with academic integrity? Transparency is one of the components of fairness. If the statistics were publicly available, it would contribute to universities transparency. HEIs are not fully transparent in this respect. They may lack courage (there may be many more reasons related to courage and other factors). Unavailability of these statistics shows that HEIs’ adherence to academic integrity is not perfect.

We need a brave university as a seed from which a new standard will germinate. I hope we will not wait for decades.

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