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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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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)

  • 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

  • Office or organization responsible

  • Actions taken or needed

  • Action items for Senate


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

  • 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


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


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Office of Provost, Dean of Students Office

  • Recommended ongoing reports, updates, alerts

  • Ongoing and positive


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 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

  • 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

  • Dean of Students, faculty

  • Ethics educator establishing committee (faculty, students, staff) to develop course for 1st time offenders

  • Available by August, 2003


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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