(A)cross-Cultural Discipline: Notes from a Journey Jo Hinchliffe, Assistant Registrar and Academic Integrity Coordinator Student and Academic Services Assumptions What this presentation is NOT What I am NOT What can be drawn from my observations (or NOT) The Prompt UBSD/SCODA case involving an international student – Process – Outcome – Concern The Burning Questions Is SFU effectively communicating our rules and regulations to international students? Are cultural differences getting in the way? The Questions Does your institution have: – a code of conduct? (Academic, misconduct) – a disciplinary committee? (Membership, appeals) Penalties – Who gives penalties? – What are the penalties, who tracks? What happens to students who have to leave the university “now”? – Return allowed, tuition refund Observations Hong Kong - tall, affluent, “free, independent, democratic” China - big, self-confident, assertive, affluent cities Korea – modern, conservative, at war Places and people University of Hong Kong – Lisa Tan, Senior Assistant Registrar, Academic Development and Quality Assurance – Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment(CEDARS) Places and people Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Dr. Ping Gao, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Chair University Discipline Committee – Isaac Tam, Associate Director of Student Life, Student Affairs Office Places and people Hong Kong Baptist University – Chong-Sze Tong, Academic Registrar – Peter Li, Director International Office Places and people Chinese University of Hong Kong – Jennifer Chiu, Registration and Exams Section Places and people Zhejiang University (Hangzhou) – Wang Chunbo, Deputy Director, Moral Education Office – Dr. Lei Qunfang, Deputy Director, Teaching Affairs Office Places and people Tsinghua University (Beijing) – Gu Pei, Vice Director of Academic Affairs Office Places and people Seoul National University – Moon-Kyung Baek – Lydia Kim – Exchange Program Managers Places and people Yonsei University – Na Min Hye, Coordinator International Division, Yonsei Places and people Korea University – Jeff DongHyun Jang, Manager, Exchange Programs – Dr. Hyuna Chang, Student Counselling Centre – D’Arcy Drachenberg, Manager, International Communications & Protocol The conference ) (APAIE – Renmin University Beijing Conference Sessions – Three Case Studies: Integrating International Students into the Host University Environment – Integration of University Curriculum: Creating a seamless student experience – Student Forum The conference - connections Kobe University Kyunsung University Sun Yat-sen University Commonalities Plagiarism Codes of conduct Discipline committees Penalties Reluctant faculty members Inconsistency Differences Public awareness Tracking system Withdrawal for Extenuating Circumstances “leave of absence” most common Pre-departure/return counselling Most students return Recommendations For International Students – Include specific and detailed information on the code of academic integrity and student conduct in orientation – Include SFUI earlier in the process when an international student is involved in discipline – Consider having translation services available when UBSD or SCODA hearings involve students who have English as a second or third language Recommendations In General – Include specific and detailed information on the code of academic integrity and student conduct in orientation – Consider offering Foundations of Academic Literacy as a mandatory course for all first year students – Treat students as a “whole” person that needs support within the discipline process, not just a sanction Conclusions Some students cheat, most don’t Students know when they cheat Don’t make assumptions about culture (language different) Social change/modernization implications Thanks SMI for providing the incentive, seed funding and Sumei for helping me set the trip up Kate Ross for letting me go My colleagues Rosa, Concetta, Bobbie, Susan, Jenny Al Poon and amazing technology that lets me do my work from anywhere in the world. All the partners in the countries I visited who were generous with their time and shared valuable information Epilogue Where that student is now.
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