Cheating and Plagiarism in Higher Education: Practical Guidance for How to Respond Lawfully

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On-Demand (OD)     $299.00
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, staff, higher education counsel
Best For: Higher education

The sub-culture of cheating remains the most pervasive problem confronting institutions of higher learning today. A 2012 survey of 23,000 students revealed that 51% of college students admitted cheating on an exam and/or other assessment one or more times during the preceding academic year. Common methods of cheating included:

  • Downloading papers from the Internet
  • Using a smart phone to browse the web during a test
  • Texting answers back and forth
  • Saving notes on a phone for use during a test
  • Photographing test papers for posting on line
  • Hiring a surrogate to take an online test
  • Cutting and pasting materials from websites

Today’s smart phone savvy students mistakenly believe the “if your smart phone lets you do it, it must be all right.” Such practices threaten the academic integrity on which our education system is based, and represent infractions which colleges and universities are continuously battling to control. A strong defense, however, begins with strong policies and techniques for preventing and detecting plagiarism and cheating, as well as a program for covering due-process requirements for investigating, adjudicating, and sanctioning violations of academic integrity. At the same time effective enforcement must be balanced with risk management and litigation avoidance. Responding to a charge of cheating or plagiarism can be difficult, but getting it wrong can not only impact a student’s rights, but also result in possible lawsuit for the institution. Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University. Dr. Castagnera is highly experienced in issues of academic integrity, being the long-time chair of Rider's Academic Integrity Committee as well as the school's responsible official for research integrity. He will offer guidance for making sure that your academic integrity policies and practices are up to today’s challenges.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The most popular methods used by cheaters
  • How to detect and how to prevent violations
  • Best practices and policies in the realm of academic integrity
  • Due process requirements for investigation, adjudication and sanctioning of violations
  • The latest lawsuits involving Academic Integrity issues and how to prevent them at your university


Your conference leader for “Cheating and Plagiarism in Higher Education: Practical Guidance for How to Respond Lawfully” is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera. Dr. Castagnera holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor/employment and IP lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm for a decade before becoming legal counsel at a New Jersey university. For the past 22 years in that capacity, his duties have included drafting, reviewing and enforcing labor and employment contracts; internship, affiliation and student-exchange agreements; government grants and contracts, and international memorandums of understanding. He also is an adjunct professor of law in the Drexel University School of Law, and the principal consultant/co-owner of Holland Media Services, LLC. He has published 21 books, most recently Riding the Fifth Wave in Higher Education: A Survival Guide for the New Normal (NY: Peter Lang 2017). QUALITY COMMITMENT

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