South East European Project on Policies for Academic Integrity


This project aims to explore perceptions and understanding about policies and procedures for supporting academic integrity and preventing plagiarism and academic dishonesty in higher education.

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About the Project

Target Countries

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Serbia


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Council of Europe

SEEPPAI is commissioned and funded by Council of Europe.
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The South East European Project on Policies for Academic Integrity was exploring perceptions and understanding about policies and procedures for supporting academic integrity and preventing and managing student plagiarism and academic dishonesty.

The project focuses on Higher Education in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia.

One of the main parts of the project is to collect information from students, teachers and management from higher education institution in the region. This data was be collected using questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. The on-line questionnaires were available in several different languages.

The collection of the data starts in October 2016 and runs until December 2016.

Final Report & Other Research Outputs

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Referenced to the SEEPPAI Project:



Questionnaires were available in following language versions:

Offline version of the questionnaire in English: download in PDF.


Questionnaires were available in following language versions:

Offline version of the questionnaire in English: download in PDF.


Offline version of the questionnaire in English: download in PDF.

Mendel University in Brno

Mendel University in Brno

Czech Republic

Tomáš Foltýnek

Dita Dlabolova

Dana Linkeschova

Tetyana Kapet

University of Coventry

Coventry University

United Kingdom

Irene Glendinning

Thomas Lancaster

Webster Vienna Private University

Webster Vienna Private University


Ben Calhoun

The Research Involves

Working with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across South-Eastern Europe countries to compare and evaluate the different approaches to academic dishonesty.

The research specifically focuses on:

  • Strategies for countering plagiarism (including awareness, prevention and detection)
  • Exploring what policies and procedures are implemented at institutional and national levels and evaluating how visible and effective these processes are
  • Identifying any electronic tools that are in use for detecting plagiarism and finding out how these tools are deployed
  • Investigating the level of interest and awareness in concepts surrounding academic integrity

The three main levels of surveys, aimed at students, teachers and higher education management are available as online questionnaires accessed through the project web site. Additionally, university senior managers can participate through an interview, as well as through the online questionnaire.

Focus groups will be held with students to identify their views about academic integrity.

Interviews will also be held with people knowledgeable and/or responsible for higher education standards, quality and policy at regional and national level.

Anonymity will be assured for responses from individuals and institutions.

  • The project will:

  • Identify what is being currently done to endorse academic integrity and to prevent plagiarism in higher education institutions in South-Eastern Europe
  • Capture case studies showing examples of good practice in the region
  • Evaluate new interventions for preventing or detecting plagiarism
  • Recommend methods for encouraging academic integrity, and dealing with cases of academic dishonesty in an effective and consistent manner
  • Aim to help to uphold and improve standards and quality in Higher Education institutions across South-Eastern Europe and beyond
  • We welcome input from:

  • Students, at undergraduate and master’s levels
  • Academic (teaching) staff
  • Senior managers within universities who hold responsibility for quality enhancement
  • Representatives of national quality assurance and standards agencies
  • Other researchers working on aspects of academic integrity and quality assurance
The project will extend the results of the project Impact of Policies for Plagiarism in Higher Education Across Europe (IPPHEAE) conducted in 2010-2013. The previous project focused on how academic integrity and plagiarism issues are approached in the European Union. The outcomes from the previous project are available at: IPPHEAE project logo
Advantages of Participation

Previous research indicates that plagiarism is a serious problem across the world. From our initial studies, we know that some countries are taking a more active approach than others at discouraging student plagiarism and other forms of cheating and promoting academic integrity.

SEEPPAI will provide a big picture of plagiarism and academic integrity within the South East Europe region:

3rd International Conference Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2017

24th–26th May 2017, Brno, Czech Republic

The results of the SEEPPAI research will be disseminated at the international conference Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2017 organized by Mendel University in Brno, Council of Europe and European Network for Academic Integrity.

The international conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond aims to be a forum for sharing best practices and experience with addressing academic integrity issues. There will be several invited keynote speakers, as well as presentations of researchers from all around the world. All papers will be peer reviewed.

Conference Topics

Research papers, synopsis, posters and workshops are welcome in following areas:

  • Best practices and strategies for awareness, prevention, detection of academic misconduct
  • Innovation in use of e-tools and technologies for addressing plagiarism
  • Internationalisation, student mobility and academic integrity
  • National and local projects about academic integrity
  • Contract cheating including ghost-writing and essay mills
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Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond