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ERIC Number: EJ924854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Academic Integrity Policy: The Journey
Spain, Judith Winters; Robles, Marcel Marie
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p151-159 Jun 2011
An undergraduate student breaks into a professor's office and steals the answers to an exam; the university initiates only process available--discipline pursuant to regulations governing student behavior through judicial affairs. An undergraduate student fabricates lab data and is flunked for the course; the student initiates only process available--grade appeal through department academic practices committee. A graduate student plagiarizes his master thesis and is dismissed from program; the student initiates only process available--appeal of dismissal through a readmission committee. All these scenarios actually happened and all were handled through various administrative university processes not ever designed to handle matters involving cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism. But when a university does not have a unified method of handling academic integrity issues, administrators must default to whatever processes are available. Because these scenarios happened, faculty and staff at a southeastern regional public institution began to discuss better methodologies to handle these matters. But how to even begin a conversation about a process, as well as changing a culture? This article details the story of the idea, the process, and the final product on the journey toward developing an academic integrity policy and procedure that provide a unified methodology for handling the results of student choices to plagiarize, cheat, or fabricate, and, along the way, begins to change a culture. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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