ERIC Number: ED349060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Academic Integrity--A Review and Case Study.
Dowd, Steven B.
Focusing on the role of the community college in promoting academic integrity, this paper provides a review of the literature and a case study describing the development of a relevant college-wide policy. First, a general overview of the role of colleges in promoting values is presented. Next, the literature review on cheating and plagiarism in colleges defines cheating and its consequences, looks at the grey areas, discusses why students cheat, and asks how community colleges, with primarily adult student bodies, can ensure acceptable values and behaviors. Practical suggestions for preventing cheating in the classroom are also provided, following which the case study, describing the activities of the Academic Standards Committee at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), in Springfield, Illinois, is presented. The case study reports on a survey of LLCC faculty to determine if academic dishonesty was a problem on the campus, and the debate surrounding the development of a policy statement which would encourage honesty, and provide guidelines for instructors that conform to higher education's standards. The paper concludes with recommendations proposing that: (1) the academic institution must be a role model; (2) faculty and colleges must teach students how and why not to cheat; (3) policies must empower both students and faculty; (4) policies must be adaptable to individual faculty member's and institution's needs; (5) the reasons students cheat must be examined; (6) the administration must support faculty; and (7) integrity should always be stressed over cheating. LLCC's survey instrument and academic integrity policy statement are appended. (MAB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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