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About the Project

Project in year 2020

In 2020, nine Czech and Moravian universities joined forces in the Strengthening the Prevention of Plagiarism in Student Works project, intending to initiate an interuniversity dialogue and, above all, practical cooperation in supporting academic ethics and preventing fraudulent practices in academic writing. We evaluated the current state of prevention, detection and resolving plagiarism at Czech universities, we tried to identify and draw attention to examples of good practice, start a discussion on what is perceived as unethical practice in the Czech environment, and propose the most appropriate definition of plagiarism for shared use. We prepared recommendations for universities and handbooks for teachers and students and, most importantly, we have established platforms through which various actors from Czech universities can share their experiences and ideas. Our main goal remains to gradually unify the criteria to assess the severity of plagiarism and to systematically strengthen the awareness of destructive or unethical practices in the academic environment. Our project is based on the belief that plagiarism and other fraudulent practices must be tackled not only by repression but above all by prevention.

Masarykova univerzita
Janáčkova akademie múzických umění
Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích
Mendelova univerzita v Brně
Ostravská univerzita
Univerzita Karlova
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Univerzita Pardubice
Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze
Západočeská univerzita v Plzni

Project in year 2021

In 2021, the project was expanded to include ten more universities and colleges - it turned out that the issue of academic ethics resonated across the Czech higher education system and there was a huge demand to deal with it on a systemic level. At the same time, all partner universities were exposed to new challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, even in the field of academic ethics. The project, therefore, decided to respond to this demand and use the structure it had created to start a debate on the consequences of the pandemic, the responses to it, and the advent of distance learning methods for academic ethics and integrity. Therefore, the project Strengthening the Academic Integrity of University Students with a Focus on the Risks and Opportunities of Distance Learning and Assessment Methods deals with mechanisms which could help institutions strengthen their resilience to academic fraud, building on our own as well as foreign experience. We also analyze examples of good practice created during the pandemic semesters, and we formulate recommendations for academic management, teachers, and students on how to prevent fraud in distance and non-distance conditions.

Thanks to the diversity of partners involved, we can also better name and take into account the needs and requirements of different types of educational institutions in the 2021 project, for example when working with non-text sources. Communicating topics related to academic ethics to the general public, academic as well as non-academic, is also an integral part of the 2021 project. Our approach is based on the belief that understanding the structural risks that rise from the Czech higher education system, not only for the academic environment itself but also for the society in which academic graduates work, is a condition to systematically strengthening its resistance to academic fraud. Therefore, the online magazine Universitas is also cooperating with us in the project this year and helps communicate partial academic ethics topics in an understandable way to other audiences.

Masarykova univerzita
Akademie múzických umění
Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze
Janáčkova akademie múzických umění
Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích
Mendelova univerzita v Brně
Ostravská univerzita
Slezská univerzita
Technická univerzita v Liberci
Univerzita Hradec Králové
Univerzita Karlova
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Univerzita Pardubice
Veterinární univerzita Brno
Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze
Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze
Vysoká škola technická a ekonomická v Českých Budějovicích
Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze
Vysoké učení technické v Brně
Západočeská univerzita v Plzni

The project is coordinated by Masaryk University, the project team is composed of all partner universities’ representatives and other invited experts. In addition to implementing the relevant parts of the project, the partner universities are involved in joint project activities and thus contribute to achieving the project’s objectives. The project is financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Umbrella Project Team

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Michal Bulant MUNI
Petr Černikovský MUNI
Tereza Fojtová MUNI
Irena Kozmanová MUNI
Daniela Jobertová AMU
Petr Valášek ČZU
Marek Hlavica JAMU
Tomáš Machula JU
Radim Farana MENDELU
Tomáš Foltýnek MENDELU
Veronika Vejrostová MENDELU
Aleš Zářický OU
Monika Šumberová OU
Tomáš Gráf SU
MIroslav Žižka TUL
Petra Marešová UHK
Milena Králíčková UK
Josef Fontana UK
Radka Římanová UK
Vít Zouhar UPOL
Klára Tesaříková UPOL
Tatiana Molková UPa
Gabriela Chmelařová VFU
Jan Mach VŠE
Eva Dibuszová VŠCHT
Vojtěch Stehel VŠTE
Jarmila Kemrová UMPRUM
Miroslav Doupovec VUT
Blanka Šedivá ZČU
Michaela Vurmová TUL
Tomáš Klimpera JU
Jaroslava Uherová JU
Jaroslav Machovský SU
Petr Oros VŠTE
Ondřej Prusek UPa
Soňa Nantlová UMPRUM
Hana Odstrčilová VUT
Lenka Kellerová VUT
Miroslav Doupovec VUT

 

External Links

For more information on academic integrity, we also recommend the websites of international projects ENAI and ECAI.