The Virtual Academic Integrity Laboratory (VAIL) is a portal to assist students in understanding academic integrity standards and avoid accusations of plagiarism by learning proper documentation and research methods. VAIL provides education and resources to enable students to produce quality scholarship at their respective institutions.
VAIL is a dynamic resource that allows for feedback from patrons via bulletin boards and chat rooms. These tools are available on the site so that students may dialogue with each other and get expert help dealing with academic integrity. Ultimately, VAIL is, as the name suggests, a laboratory - a space where information and people interact to produce new ideas, methods, and research.
Students should consult VAIL for tips on documentation, research development, and understanding academic integrity concepts and policy information. VAIL also includes an online tutorial, the VAIL Tutor. The tutorial consists of four modules. Each module deals with the following:
- Defining academic integrity, plagiarism and cheating;
- Tips for avoiding plagiarism;
- Teaching proper documentation practices and;
- Providing information about academic integrity policies.
Students are assessed on the information learned via an online quiz, and students will obtain a certificate of completion for the tutorial. The VAIL Tutor is a convenient, simple way to learn academic integrity concepts and approaches for avoiding plagiarism.
This project was developed by the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College and is currently maintained by Information and Library Services.
Students can also click on the following link to access the online Academic Integrity Tutorial and Quiz, which offers students dynamic content and real-world application of academic integrity concepts: Academic Integrity Tutorial and Quiz