ERIC Number: ED304970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-16
Reference Count: 0
Building a Workable Academic Integrity System: Issues and Options.
Sabloff, Paula L. W.; Yeager, John L.
A survey was conducted of 55 American Association of Universities institutions regarding the guidelines, policies and procedures of their academic integrity systems. Forty-four universities responded, returning 42 questionnaires and 35 guidelines. Examination of the guidelines revealed very little overlap in procedures. Most institutions claimed that their procedures work effectively, but comments suggested some concern. Eleven questions are presented and discussed that will aid an institution in building an academic integrity system that fits its philosophy and mission: (1) What actions should be considered violations of academic integrity? Should academic dishonesty be considered separate from academic misconduct? What constitutes proof of a violation against the academic integrity code? (2) Should the university establish an Honor Code to cover some or all of the defined violations? (3) What are the rights, protections and responsibilities of the students? (4) What are the rights, protections and responsibilities of the faculty? (5) Should the same procedures be applied to undergraduates in all colleges, or should each college maintain its own procedures? (6) Should academic integrity violations be processed by an office of student affairs, or should such violations be the responsibility of an office of academic affairs? (7) What procedures should be established for deciding and appealing a violation against academic integrity? (8) What sanctions should be applied against violations of academic integrity? And should these sanctions correlate with the type of violation or should sanctions be imposed at the discretion of the person(s) responsible for imposing them? (9) How should records of violations be kept? (10) Which members of the university should revise the policy and procedures of the academic integrity system? (11) How should the policy and procedures concerning academic integrity be presented to students, faculty and administrators? Appendix A lists the responding universities, and a copy of the survey form is provided as Appendix B. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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