What is the Academic Integrity Seminar?

The Seminar

The Academic Integrity Seminar (AIS) is a demanding, personalized online educational intervention administered to students at colleges and universities across the country. The Seminar is used for ethical development programming, honor council and hearing board training, and as remediation for violations of university honor codes and codes of conduct.

AIS readings and tutor responses have a distinct aim: to highlight the importance of social trust and mutual obligation in personal, social, and economic relationships. This aim comes into focus when academic dishonesty is understood as a breach of trust in the university setting.

Student Testimonial:
“To be honest, the first time I opened the assignments I felt overwhelmed. Then I started working on each assignment, one at the time. It may sound crazy, but I did learn so much from each assignment. From this seminar, I learned that I can do an amazing work on assignments without using anyone’s words. I learned that if I want to succeed, I have to give the best of me and put as much effort as I can in achieving my goals. When I was completing one of the assignments, I even had tears on my eyes! that’s how much that particular assignment meant to me! it made me realize how important some people are for me and how being honest plays such an important role in life. Overall, I am glad I took this seminar. Thank you!”

– Student, George Mason University

How It Works

The Academic Integrity Seminar is used as a supplement to college and university academic integrity and ethical development programs. Campus based programs typically help students understand how academic integrity is defined. AIS helps students understand why academic integrity is important. Whether used as a university sanction or a training program for students serving on academic integrity hearing panels, the Seminar is designed to elicit thought and analysis about the individual and social imperatives of trust, responsibility, and reciprocity.

The seminar process is explained by this graphic:

Seminars are conducted entirely online through personalized e-mail interaction between students and tutors. Students are usually assigned by referring educational institutions.

Students are expected to provide fully developed responses that demonstrate serious and thoughtful engagement with the readings. Most students complete the Seminar in about 5 to 15 hours. When evaluating student responses, tutors may require revisions or assign additional readings to further emphasize main ideas that students may have overlooked. Once completed, Seminar answers and responses are shared with the student and the designated campus administrator.

AIS History

AIS was founded in 2006 as a means of providing personalized ethical development programming to students across the country.  The Seminar traces its origins to the University of Maryland at College Park, where it was developed as a core component of the University’s new “modified” honor code.

The Seminar was developed as a collaborative effort between AIS’s original co-founders, Gary Pavela (applied ethics and the law), DeForest McDuff (economics and management), and Donald McCabe (Academic integrity research and analysis).

Our current leadership team includes Gary Pavela, DeForest McDuff, Justin Coon (law), and Gregory Pavela (sociology).

Click here to learn more about our AIS Leadership Team.


We have worked with more than 10,000 students taking the Academic Integrity Seminar since 2006 at more than 75 colleges and universities nationwide, including:

Andrew University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Babson College
Cairn University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary
Colorado State University
East Stroudsberg University
Eckard College
Elon College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida State University
Furman University
George Mason University
Hamilton College
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Kennesaw State University
Laramie Community Colleges
Lehigh University
Linfield College
Loyola College – Baltimore
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Miami University
Michigan Technical University
Misericordia University
Mississippi State University
Montana State University
Montana Technical University
Northern Virginia Community Colleges
Oakton Community College
Ohio State University
Palm Beach Atlantic
Purdue University
Purdue University – North Central
Rhodes College
Roanoke College
Rutgers University
Sacramento City College
Santa Clara University
Scheck Hillel Community School
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Stanford University
Stevenson University
Towson University
Truman State
Univeresity of Central Oklahoma
Universidad de Monterray
University of Alaska
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – Davis
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Florida
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Maine
University of Mary Washington
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Nevada – Las Vegas
University of North Carolina – Pembroke
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of North Georgia
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Texas – Austin
University of William and Mary
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech
Washington College
Washington State University
West Coast University
Western Governors University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute