European Academic Integrity Week (19th – 23rd of October, 2020)

European Academic Integrity Week

ENAI is organizing four lunch webinars during the European Academic Integrity Week (19th–23rd October), one for each day of the week but Wednesday when we would like to encourage everyone to organize academic integrity events at their home institutions.

Two of the lunch webinars will put a light on various emerging aspects on academic integrity connected to the covid-19 pandemic from a student respectively a teacher perspective (Monday, October 19th and Thursday, October 22nd).

The other two seminars will be two lectures: Tomáš Foltýnek and Dita Dlabolová will talk about “Where is the borderline of plagiarism?” (Tuesday, October 20th) while Shivadas Sivasubramaniam will give a lecture with a title “Building your own ethical behaviours in medical research” (Friday, October 23rd). All webinars start at 12:00 CET.

Description of webinars

Student Role in Raising the Right Kind of Awareness for Integrity and Against Contract Cheating (Monday, October 19th, 12:00 CET)

For most educators, it is of paramount importance that we are able to instill in our students values of academic integrity, to help students stay away from such misconducts as contract cheating and are able to cultivate a culture of integrity in our classrooms. However, more often our conversation happens “over” and “around” the students – the most important stakeholder of academic integrity. Sure, lack of integrity raises doubts on our quality of teaching, devalues the degrees – but the vast majority of the impact lies at the feet of students, intentional, unintentional and bystanders.

While all students don’t cheat or contract cheat, most students are aware of others who have engaged in contracting others to do their work, as silent observers of the act being committed. This often has dire consequences and implications for the bystanders too – from demotivation, to agitation to aggression and sometimes motivation. So what would happen if students were part of the dialogue? What would happen if students played a bigger role in raising the right kind of awareness for integrity and against contract cheating?

This panel discussion with higher education students promises to unfold the possibilities and bring students to the forefront of the conversation to find out how students can and do play a role in actively raising the right kind of awareness towards integrity and against contract cheating


Moderated by:
Dr Zeenath Reza Khan,UOWD, UAE


Where is the borderline of plagiarism? (Tuesday, October 20th, 12:00 CET)

The workshop is a mixture of information, activities to make participants think about the issues and discussions. It also presents results from European-wide surveys about plagiarism. Participants are encouraged to share their personal experience.

We will talk about the understanding of plagiarism, discuss several scenarios and assess their severity. We will also consider reasons leading students to plagiarism, and discuss prevention, and also the policies and penalties which are a necessary part of prevention. As for prevention, we will share the best practices collected in the European-wide project.

In the end, a brief introduction to the technical aspects of plagiarism detection will be given: What are the plagiarism detection tools able to discover, where are their limits and how to read similarity reports.



Dr Tomáš Foltýnek and Dr Dita Dlabolová, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic


The COVID-19 Teacher Qualification – promoting academic integrity for teaching and learning during the pandemic (Thursday, October 22nd, 12:00 CET)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for us all – not least for teachers that in many cases were forced to overnight start teaching online. The lectures, seminars, assessments, meetings: everything has moved onto different online platforms. Nonetheless, academic integrity and its values were to be sustained. What are the lessons learned? How well did we do? What experiences and best practices can we share with each other? How can we design online assessments in a way that decreases misconduct such as plagiarism, contract cheating, and collusion? Those are some of the questions that will be discussed in this webinar with teachers from several different countries.


Sonja Bjelobaba, Ph. D., Vice-president of European Network of Academic Integrity, Uppsala University, Sweden

Teacher Panel:

  • Valerie P. Denney, DBA, Vice-President of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, US
  • Mustafa Yunus Eryaman, Ph.D., President of The World Education Research Association (WERA), Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
  • Inga Gaizauskaite, Board member of European Network of Academic Integrity (ENAI), Lithuanian Social Research Centre & Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Salim Razı, Ph.D., Board member of European Network of Academic Integrity (ENAI), Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
  • Fiona O’Riordan, Ph.D., Dublin City University, Irland
  • Camilla J. Roberts, Ph.D., Kansas State University, President of the International Center for Academic Integrity, US


Building Your Own Ethical Behaviours in Medical Research (Friday, October 23rd, 12:00 CET)

This case study based workshop is suited for graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the fields of science and medicine. It will focus of ethical behaviour and integrity in every aspects of scientific/medical research. Many of these case studies were gathered from actual real life experiences of students and academics. Participants are expected to interact with each other by discussing the scenarios that would be provided to conclude the right approach and actions suitable for each scenarios. By this way, participant would gain knowledge and experience in ethical behaviour in research.


Dr S D Sivasubramaniam, University of Derby, United Kingdom