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ERIC Number: EJ839563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Academic Integrity at the United States Air Force Academy
Derby, LeAnn
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v19 n1 p39-40 Win 2006
In troubled times, where threats to honor abound, it is essential that people support students who may have been enculturated in social dishonesty. The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has worked hard to put in place a number of supports to help cadets to grow beyond social norms where dishonesty may be tolerated. The academy seeks to support young men and women so that they can lead in an honorable way even under the most trying and challenging of circumstances. This support system is articulated in the Honor Code. Honor is the basis of military leadership because in a profession such as the military, where life is endangered by virtue of the institution's purpose, trust becomes sacred and integrity becomes a requisite quality for each professional. In some professions the cost of dishonesty is measured in dollars--in the military, the cost is measured in human lives. The ability of the USAFA to educate, train and inspire outstanding leaders of character for the Air Force is predicated upon the functional necessity of honesty. In short, the USAFA expects its graduates and cadets to commit to a lifetime of honorable living. In this article, the author outlines efforts at the USAFA to support the growth of academic integrity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado