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Samia Hossfeld
Head of Learning & Teaching, Business & Hotel Management School, Switzerland

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Excellence in Academic Integrity Award 2018
Europe, Higher Education

Samia Hossfeld is the Head of Teaching and Learning at the Business and Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Lucerne, Switzerland. Since using Turnitin, she has seen notable progress in the way that her students value and appreciate academic integrity.

“We use it for the learning process and, at the same time, for enforcing academic integrity. Checking students’ submissions against previous student papers, journal articles, and sources are where we use Turnitin.”

Though the process has not always been easy, with the support of the Academic Department and the close working relationship with her teaching team, she has been able to play a big role in successfully integrating academic integrity into the fabric of her institution. This has shifted the mindset of the student body, which has led to a decrease in plagiarism cases.

“I find it very positive that the students really appreciate the process, respect it and respect their lecturers and the school for enforcing such integrity.”

Samia has observed that this has helped students who are studying in English as a Second Language gain a greater understanding of the importance of academic integrity and in becoming stronger academic writers overall. They have gained a much greater confidence in articulating their own ideas, buoyed by the institution’s focus on avoiding plagiarism.

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