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Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Misconduct. Academic Senate Meeting 9/17/02. Committee Membership. Sara Cames (Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet) Trey Childress (Graduate Student Government) Cheryl Contant (City & Regional Planning, COA) Gus Giebelhaus (HTS, IAC)

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committee membership
Committee Membership
  • Sara Cames (Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet)
  • Trey Childress (Graduate Student Government)
  • Cheryl Contant (City & Regional Planning, COA)
  • Gus Giebelhaus (HTS, IAC)
  • Hal Irvin (Office of Organizational Development)
  • Gary May (ECE, COE)
  • Andy Smith (Dean’s Office, COS)
  • Ray Vito (ex officio, Student Honor Comm. chair)
  • Karen Boyd (ex officio, Sr. Assoc. Dean of Students)
review committee recommendations
Review Committee Recommendations
  • Office or organization responsible
  • Actions taken or needed
  • Action items for Senate
recommendation 1 establish benchmarks for time for processing cases
Recommendation #1: Establish benchmarks for time for processing cases
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Workgroup (staff, faculty, students) led by Amy Stalzer (Success Programs) -- ongoing
  • Review process, establish “reasonable” expectations on time requirements through process. For example,

Student can expect a hearing in xx days after refusing to accept the administrative resolution

recommendation 2 increase resources staffing for academic misconduct process
Recommendation #2: Increase resources/staffing for academic misconduct process
  • Office of Dean of Students
  • Resources provided in Spring, 2002
  • New staff hired:
    • Acting Assistant Dean for Integrity (investigator)
    • Ethics Education Coordinator
    • Administrative Assistant – in process
  • Computerized case tracking system – on-line
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Recommendation #3: Increase size of pool of faculty/students to hear cases through Student Honor Committee
  • Office of Provost – interim solution
    • Alternates identified for faculty and students
    • Two or three cases per week
  • Faculty Senate – needs action
    • Amend Statutes and Bylaws for Committee composition
    • Coordinate with Rules and Resolutions Committee
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Recommendation #3: Increase size of pool of faculty/students to hear cases through Student Honor Committee
  • Modify SHC membership:
    • Current 4 faculty  Propose 12 faculty
    • Current 3 students (2 UG, 1 G)  Propose 9 students (6 UG, 3 G)
    • Empanel a Student Honor Committee for hearing as a quorum (as currently defined) of 3 faculty (including chair) and 2 students (at least from the same group as accused)
recommendation 4 additional training for shc members
Recommendation #4: Additional training for SHC members
  • Office of Dean of Students, faculty, students
  • Began “Education Sessions” on honor code, process, hearings, and sanctions
  • Materials available via CD and on-line
  • Currently, education program required for “new” SHC members
recommendation 5 schedule hearings in summer if needed
Recommendation #5: Schedule hearings in summer, if needed
  • Faculty, Dean of Students, SHC
  • Purpose: to ensure a “timely” response
  • Implemented with limited success in Summer 2002
    • Schedule hearings only if student, instructor, and witnesses are available
  • Ongoing
recommendation 6 greater faculty involvement earlier in process
Recommendation #6: Greater faculty involvement earlier in process
  • If instructor and student agree, 3-way conversation between instructor, student, and Assistant Dean initially about suspicions
  • Office of Dean of Students, faculty
  • Workgroup (faculty, staff, students) to define implementation process and test – ongoing
recommendation 7 strong relationship between provost and dean of students offices
Recommendation #7: Strong relationship between Provost and Dean of Students offices
  • Office of Provost, Dean of Students Office
  • Recommended ongoing reports, updates, alerts
  • Ongoing and positive
recommendation 8 create committee on academic integrity
Recommendation #8: Create Committee on Academic Integrity
  • Faculty Senate
  • Need to amend Statutes and Bylaws to establish “Committee on Academic Integrity”
    • Membership: Elected faculty representatives (4), appointed students (2 from SGA), with SHC chair, Dean of Students, Honor Advisor chair as ex officio members
recommendation 8 create committee on academic integrity1
Recommendation #8: Create Committee on Academic Integrity
  • Tasks: Continue monitoring and evaluation of academic integrity issues and Honor Code implementation process
    • Develop a proactive, educational strategy campus-wide
    • Develop “best practices” for faculty
    • Consider changes in current process
    • Coordinate with Student Honor Committee – implementation; Dean of Students – process, education; Student Honor Advisors – education
recommendation 9 maintain administrative integrity of hearing process
Recommendation #9: Maintain administrative integrity of hearing process
  • Dean of Students, Honor Committee Chair
  • Once hearing scheduled, no administrative resolution of a case without the concurrence of SHC Chair
  • Operating rule – ongoing
recommendation 10 require non credit course on academic integrity as part of sanctions
Recommendation #10: Require non-credit course on academic integrity as part of sanctions
  • Dean of Students, faculty
  • Ethics educator establishing committee (faculty, students, staff) to develop course for 1st time offenders
  • Available by August, 2003
action items
Action Items
  • Statutes and Bylaw Committee:
    • Enhance membership of Student Honor Committee, yet maintain size of hearing quorum
    • Establish new Committee on Academic Integrity
  • Ongoing faculty support for bench-marking, expanding size of SHC, developing sanction course, and forming new committee on academic integrity
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