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Academic Integrity “Just do what’s right.” GTA Presentation Dan Schwab, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Shannon Quihuiz, Title IX Investigator Student Conduct and Community Standards
Agenda Academic Integrity OSU’s Academic Dishonesty Policy Different types of Academic Dishonesty Consequences for Academic Dishonesty Your Role in the Conduct Process Strategies to prevent Academic Dishonesty Resources for Students Comments and Questions
Academic Integrity Integrity is important in all areas of life Personal integrity is not a quality we’re born to naturally ◦ Nurture– Practice – Accountability Academic Integrity for students ◦ Come to class on time and do not leave early ◦ Read and do all assignments ◦ Pay attention in class, don’t be disruptive ◦ Be respectful of others in class ◦ Do your own work
Academic Integrity for Instructors? What about it? Plan the class so it will be worthwhile to students Do your best to answer questions with current information Honestly answer when you don’t know and get the answer by the next class Do not allow students to ridicule others or their ideas Do your best during class time to prepare students for exams and assignments Carefully monitor exams so the honest students will not be disadvantaged by other students who might choose to cheat Confront students if you suspect they have plagiarized or in other ways that might be dishonest
Defining Academic Dishonesty At Oregon State University academic dishonesty is defined by the Oregon Administrative Rule 576- 015-0020.2 as: an act of deception in which a Student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work or research, either through the Student’s own efforts or the efforts of another.
Academic Dishonesty Includes Plagiarism Cheating Assisting Fabrication Tampering
PLAGIARISM Representing the words or ideas of another person or presenting someone else’s words, ideas, artistry or data as one’s own, or using one’s own previously submitted work. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to copying another person’s work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else’s opinions and theories as one’s own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one’s own.
CHEATING Use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, or an act of deceit by which a Student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, using prohibited materials and texts, any misuse of an electronic device, or using any deceptive means to gain academic credit.
ASSISTING Helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes but is not limited to paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone’s grades or academic records, taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else by any means, including misuse of an electronic device. It is a violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an educational assignment to another person (ORS 165.114).
FABRICATION Falsification or invention of any information including but not limited to falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
TAMPERING Altering or interfering with evaluation instruments or documents.
Why does Academic Dishonesty Happen? Time Management ◦ Deadlines come around more quickly than expected ◦ Procrastination Stressed and Overwhelmed “Big Test Pressure” Motivation and Interest Confusion Competition Lazy and/or It’s okay to cheat mentality
Consequences for Dishonesty Academic Penalty ◦ Consequences may include: Verbal or Written Warning Assignment penalty (zero grade for the assignment) Academic penalty for the course (lower grade) F grade for the course No grade replacement
Consequences for Dishonesty SCCS Penalty ◦ Attend the Academic Integrity Success Seminar ◦ Essay Assignment ◦ One-on-One meeting with SCCS representative Second Violation Consequences may include: ◦ Removal from your academic major (Academic) ◦ Removal from academic college (Academic) ◦ Referral to the formal student conduct committee (SCCS) Deferred Suspension Suspension from the University
Your Role in the Conduct Process Academic Dishonesty ◦ Responsible/Not Responsible ◦ Preponderance of the evidence 51% likelihood or more likely than not Follow the reporting process ◦ It will protect you ◦ Print out reporting form ◦ Review evidence and situation with instructor ◦ Level of evidence? ◦ Meet with the student ◦ Level of evidence? ◦ Recommend sanction and forward
Ways to help prevent Academic Dishonesty First Class Session – Discuss academic dishonesty policy and consequences Group Assignments ◦ Designate boundaries ◦ What is acceptable regarding collaboration for that particular assignment Research Papers and Writing Assignments ◦ Clearly define citation expectations (e.g., MLA, APA) ◦ Describe plagiarism and paraphrasing ◦ Create benchmarks ◦ Critical Thinking ◦ Direct student to resources Writing Center OWL Purdue Plagiarism.org
Ways to help prevent Academic Dishonesty Tests and Quizzes ◦ Reminders regarding Academic Integrity during tests ◦ Avoid routine testing procedures (e.g., same tests) ◦ Number exam copies ◦ Miscellaneous materials (e.g., electronics, hats, backpacks) ◦ Random seating ◦ Check Student ID in and out ◦ Observe during tests ◦ Scan completed exams to discourage altering exam scores
Our Creative Students and Academic Dishonesty Java Cup Rubber band Labels Hats Clothing Band-Aids Electronics
Resources for your students Academic Success Center ◦ Study Skills – reading, testing, time management The Writing Center ◦ Writing Assignments – feedback, grammar, citations Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Disability Access Services International Education & INTO Online Resources ◦ OWL Purdue ◦ Plagiarism.org
Questions Just do what’s right!
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