Faculty members need to be aware of the need for clear evidence of cheating before reporting students. All institutions of higher education have their own disciplinary procedures and culture. It is essential to have total commitment to individual and institutional ethics. Faculty, administrators, staff, and students can work toward mutual enforcement of codes of conduct, creating a selfregulatory environment dedicated to academic integrity, morality, and ethics. Most higher education institutions have these policies in course syllabi that faculty members highlight during first class meetings periods and as needed throughout semesters.
Affirmative action to ensure ethical conduct requires guidance from educational, governmental, legal, religious, business, and corporate institutions. Additionally, legal counsel in institutions of higher education should engage in risk avoidance strategies to prevent defamation of character suits. In sum, to the extent that academic dishonesty threatens mutual trust and the free exchange of ideas essential in all educational institutions, educational leaders must act in concert to seek to alleviate academic dishonesty.