Down the Slippery Slope

Moral Disengagement with Academic Integrity’s Grey Areas

Join us for “AI-text detection: the challenges for academic integrity” where we explore the hurdles faced in maintaining academic integrity.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2023 14:00 – 15:00 GMT



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Date: 13th December 2023 Time: 2 – 3 pm (GMT) UK

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Event banner for 13 December 2023. Down the slippery slope: Moral Disengagement with Academic Integrity's Grey Areas

Most students do not engage in serious cheating, but many engage in seemingly insignificant transgressions.

While these small misgivings may be brushed aside as trivial, prior research has shown that major ethical violations tend to follow small, common violations – the so-called slippery slope effect.

In this mixed-methods study of undergraduate students at a Canadian University, we identified when and why students thought it was acceptable to engage in specific types of minor academic misconduct, such as completing individual assignments with others, copying from past submissions and sharing information about quizzes and tests.

Through quantitative analysis it was possible to demonstrate the slippery slope effect as students who found it acceptable to violate academic integrity in more “grey area” situations, also engaged in more academic misconduct in general.

Findings were interpreted using mechanisms of moral disengagement and neutralization theory to categorize why students departed from academic integrity.

Recommendations will be identified. Q &A welcome!

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About Dr Kelley Packalen

Dr Kelley Packalen, PhD is Associate Professor of Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship in the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada and the Special Advisor on Academic Integrity to the Vice Provost (Teaching & Learning), Queen’s University.

Her interest in academic integrity spans her administrative, teaching and researcher roles.

As a researcher she is particularly interested in why students engage in academic misconduct.

She holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management, a Masters in Sociology from Stanford University, and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Wellesley College.

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