ERIC Number: EJ1060532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 14
The Case for Consequences for Academic Dishonesty
Kiviniemi, Marc T.
College Teaching, v63 n2 p37-39 2015
This paper discusses the rationale of implementing an "academic dishonesty equals F policy." The author asserts that faculty must take seriously those things which students are expected to take seriously. Integrity--academic, personal, and professional--is worth taking seriously. He goes on to provide three rationales to justify this policy: (1) This policy should apply when the student's actions were willful and the student clearly knew the rules; (2) Any penalty for academic misconduct should be within the bounds of institutional policies; and (3) Grades mean something, and it is the instructor's responsibility to determine that meaning for a given course and to communicate that meaning to students (Frisbie and Walthman, 1992). The academic dishonesty policy is based on the logic that an F indicates that course objectives have been fundamentally unmet. While these three points frame the rationale for the policy, the author provides two other notable arguments: (1) Faculty may be reluctant to admit responsibility to any larger entity, but teachers act as agents of institutions; (2) The notion of the university as "alma mater,"--"bounteous mother" or "fostering mother" ("New Collegiate Dictionary," 1998; "Online Oxford English Dictionary," 2014)--characterizes the university as parent; it guides and nurtures students' academic and personal development (Newman 1982). The same active consideration and application of consequences should be applied to the teachers' role as "intellectual parents" to students.
Descriptors: Cheating, Academic Failure, Grades (Scholastic), Educational Policy, Discipline Policy, Teacher Responsibility
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