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Academic Honor Policy and Grade Appeals System. Jennifer N. Buchanan, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement. Purpose.

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academic honor policy and grade appeals system

Academic HonorPolicy and Grade Appeals System

Jennifer N. Buchanan, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement

  • Show how survey information gathered from FSU students informed the development of the Academic Honor Policy, which affects all student academic work (even yours!)
  • Discuss how you can prevent academic dishonesty in your class
purpose continued
  • Familiarize you with the operation of the Academic Honor Policy and the Grade Appeals process
academic integrity survey
Academic Integrity Survey
  • FSU mirrors other universities
  • Faculty and teaching assistants as primary sources of information
  • Students and faculty disagree on what constitutes “serious” cheating
  • Hope to do survey again in 2013 - 14
ways undergraduates reported cheating
Ways Undergraduates Reported Cheating
  • Sharing assignments (65%)
  • Unauthorized collaboration (41%)
  • Copying a few sentences from internet without citation (39%)
ways undergraduates reported cheating continued
Ways Undergraduates Reported Cheatingcontinued
  • Copying a few sentences from written source without citation (38%)
  • Helping someone cheat on test (10%)
faculty student opinion differences
Faculty-Student Opinion Differences
  • Students rated the severity of penalties as higher (60% high/very high) than did faculty (15% high/very high)
  • Students rated faculty members’ understanding of the policy as higher (77% high/very high) than did faculty (25% high/very high)
honor code assumptions
Honor Code Assumptions
  • Strong majority of students (56%) disagree that they should be responsible for monitoring others
  • Unlikely to report fellow students (80%)
  • Even less likely to report friends
conclusions and themes
Conclusions and Themes
  • Cheating happens
  • Students assume you know more than you do about academic integrity
  • Students look to you for cues about whether cheating will be tolerated
conclusions and themes continued
Conclusions and Themescontinued
  • Students will hesitate to inform
  • Prevention is important
  • Our involvement is critical
preventing plagiarism
Preventing Plagiarism
  • Mutual respect between student and instructor and confident verbal reinforcement
  • Syllabus:
  • Teaching meaning of plagiarism, esp. paraphrasing versus quoting
  • “,” “SafeAssign” and other resources – make available
preventing cheating
Preventing Cheating
  • Making cheating more difficult
  • Following through (learn policy)
  • Have a plan for test-time (verify independently)
  • Emphasize “Complicity” charge
  • Confident verbal reinforcement
academic honor policy
Academic Honor Policy

Instructors play central role

Procedural Notes (check for prior record)

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Unauthorized group work
  • Fabrication, falsification, & misrepresentation
charges continued
  • Multiple Submission
  • Abuse of academic materials
  • Complicity in academic dishonesty
  • Attempting to commit an offense
graduate student issues
Graduate Student Issues
  • Prelims, comps, thesis or dissertation treated as egregious and sent to Step 2
  • Charging decision made by committee comprised of department chair, outside member, and faculty member appointed by dean
academic honor policy by semester since new policy in fall 2005
Academic Honor Policy By Semester(Since New Policy in Fall 2005)

Number of Violations

* Through August 1, 2013

cases and outcomes
Cases and Outcomes

Through August 1, 2013

grade appeals system
Grade Appeals System
  • Also involves integrity
  • Emphasizes centrality of instructor judgment in grading process
  • Grade must be imposed in an arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory manner to be overturned
grade appeals system continued
Grade Appeals Systemcontinued
  • Starts with evaluation (grading) standards expressed in syllabus
  • Minimize exposure through consistency
resources in your department
Resources in your Department
  • Your supervising faculty member should always be informed about any allegations that arise in your class.
  • Your department chair should also be informed by either your supervising faculty member or by you.
  • Either of them can inform you of typical penalties in the department and can sit in when you meet with students.
university resources
University Resources

Office of Faculty Development and Advancement: under Academics – Academic Honor Policy, Grade Appeals System, annual Important Policies and Procedures Memo, or at 850-644-6876.

Students should be referred to the Associate Dean of Students 644-2428.

university resources continued
University Resourcescontinued

Important Policies and Procedures memo contains important information for instructors.

ODL resources at: