Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity Seminar


To register for the Academic Integrity Seminar (AIS) you must send an email to Dr. Gary Pavela at In your email, please include your name, university, and that you are an undergraduate or graduate student. Within three days you should receive detailed instructions on completion of the seminar. The cost of the seminar is $100.


The Academic Integrity Seminar (AIS) s a demanding, personalized online seminar 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.

Course Objectives

  • Offer challenging academic content that promotes engaged learning and critical thinking about how a meaningful life might be defined
  • Help students understand the importance of social trust, self-discipline, and mutual obligation to individuals and societies
  • Emphasize the impact of academic dishonesty as a breach of trust in the university setting
  • Highlight implicit ethical components of the scientific method, including truthfulness and a willingness to accept constructive criticism
  • Draw upon literature from diverse traditions (including China and India) to help students appreciate the universal importance of social trust, truth-telling, and mutual obligation
  • Provide exercises that enhance critical thinking skills and help students write persuasive, well-reasoned essays

Meet the Founders

Gary Pavela is a nationally recognized writer and consultant on law and policy issues in higher education. He clerked for Chief Judge Alfred P. Murrah of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and served as a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. (the training arm of the United States Courts). In 2012 he received the “William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship” from the Center for Excellence in Law and Higher Education Policy.

DeForest McDuff

DeForest McDuff, Ph.D.

DeForest McDuff has been involved in the design and implementation of the Academic Integrity Seminar since its founding in 2006. He has worked with thousands of students and coordinated the Academic Integrity Seminar at colleges and universities nationwide.

DeForest holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, and undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Maryland. At Princeton, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship recipient and winner of the Towbes Teaching Prize for outstanding undergraduate teaching. He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wonderful wife and three amazing children.

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