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					 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
University of Arkansas at Little Rock



               Presented by:
           Darryl K. McGee, M.S.
       Associate Dean of Students
      Office of the Dean of Students
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY


 “An academic community of integrity
 advances the quest for truth and
 knowledge by requiring intellectual and
 personal honesty in learning, teaching,
 research, and service.”




      The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 What is Academic Integrity?
 Why is it Important?
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Academic Integrity is a commitment
to five fundamental values:

               Honesty
                 Trust
               Fairness
               Respect
             Responsibility

     The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Honesty is the foundation of
 teaching, learning, research,
 and service.




    The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Trust is promoted by faculty
 who set clear guidelines for
 assignments and for evaluating
 student work.



    The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
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Fairness
  For students, important
  components of fairness are
  predictability, clear
  expectations, and a consistent
  and just response to dishonesty.

   The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Fairness
  Faculty members have a right to
  expect fair treatment, not only
  from students but also from
  colleagues and their
  administration.


    The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 Respect demands the
 recognition of the participatory
 nature of the learning process.
 Faculty members show respect by taking
 students’ ideas seriously, providing full and
 honest feedback on their work, valuing their
 aspirations and goals, and recognizing them
 as individuals.


      The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

 Being Responsible
 means taking action against
 wrongdoing, despite peer
 pressure, fear, loyalty, or
 compassion.


    The Center for Academic Integrity, October 1999
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

   Academic Integrity
  and Grievance Policy
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   The Academic Integrity and Grievance
   Policy was adopted by the UALR
   Faculty Senate on March 21, 1979, and
   revised on February 12, 1981, April 3,
   1985, April 19, 1989, and November 19,
   19993.
Please note that two (2) types of cases –
  grade appeals and accusations of
  academic offenses- are addressed in
  this policy and have separate
  procedures that must be followed.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
 The University developed this policy
 to make possible an orderly
 academic environment where all
 members of the community have the
 freedom to develop to the fullest
 extent.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy

 ACADEMIC DISHONESTY WILL NOT
 BE TOLERATED.

 THIS BEHAVIOR IS CONSIDERED A
 STUDENT CONDUCT VIOLATION.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy

   Faculty members should make
    every effort to prevent
    dishonesty, protect honest
    students, and take appropriate
    action in instances of
    dishonesty.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   The most common offenses subject
    to grade penalty and/or disciplinary
    action are:
    • Cheating on an examination or quiz
    • Plagiarism
    • Collusion
    • Duplicity
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
 Cheating on an examination: To give
 or receive, to offer or solicit information
 on any quiz or examination.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
 Plagiarism: To adopt and reproduce as
 one’s own, to appropriate for one’s own
 use and incorporate in one’s own work
 without acknowledgement, the ideas of
 others or passages from their writings
 and works.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
 Collusion: To obtain from another party,
 without specific approval in advance by
 the professor, assistance in the
 production of work offered for credit .
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
 Duplicity: To offer for credit identical or
 substantially unchanged work in two or
 more courses, without specific advance
 approval of the professors involved.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy

 The Academic Integrity and
 Grievance Committee (AIGC)
 hears specific grade appeals
 and hears, on appeal and
 referral, cases involving certain
 alleged academic offenses.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
  The AIGC is comprised of
  fifteen (15) faculty members
  and fifteen (15) students.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   A quorum to hear alleged academic
    offenses consists of the chairperson
    and three (3) committee members; of
    this number , one must be a faculty
    member and one (1) must be a
    student.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
• A quorum to hear grade appeals consists of
    the chairperson, an ex-officio member,
    two(2) faculty members, and two (2)
    students.

   On all grade appeals involving graduate or
    professional degree curricular matters, at
    least one (1) graduate faculty member and
    (1) graduate student shall be included on
    the hearing panel. Of this number, all must
    be present.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   In cases of academic offenses, a decision
    shall be reached by a majority of those
    present.
   In cases of grade appeals, a decision to
    change or direct changes in students’
    course grades requires a majority vote of
    the committee.
   In cases of a tie, the grade assigned by the
    faculty member shall stand.
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   The Associate Vice Chancellor for
    Academic Affairs shall be the
    administrative officer of the
    committee.
    • Dr. Jerry Stevenson
Academic Integrity and
Grievance Policy
   The right to legal counsel at grade
    appeal cases is prohibited.
   Legal counsel is permitted at academic
    offense hearings.
    • However, legal counsel only serves in a
      nonparticipating capacity and is restricted to
      the role of advisor.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses
    Informal Step
    • Communicate to the student that you
       suspect academic dishonesty.
    • This is an informal step that you can
       take to investigate your suspicion. If
       you are convinced that a violation has
       taken place after your discussion with
       the student, you must follow the next
       steps.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses
 Step 1
 •   Complete the Allegation of Academic
     Offense Form
     • By completing this form you are officially
       notifying the student, department chair,
       and dean of students of the charge. You
       are also assuring that the student will
       receive his/her right of due process.
     • The form must be delivered by mail or in
       person.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses
Step 2
   Schedule a conference with the student
    • Highlight the fact that the student only has
      three class days to schedule the
      conference.
          • The grade penalty is automatically applied if the
           student does not meet with you.
    • Regardless of the outcome of this
      conference, the faculty member must notify
      the dean of students of the results.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses
Step 3
   Within six class days of being notified of
    the charge, the student should schedule a
    meeting with the dean of students/designee
    to discuss his/her due process rights and
    address the allegations. If the student
    admits to a violation, a sanction is imposed
    and any grade penalty stands.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses
Step 4
   If the student denies academic misconduct,
    he/she may appeal to the Academic
    Integrity and Grievance Committee within
    ten days of receipt of the Academic Offense
    Allegation Report Form.
   Failure to appeal within ten days will result
    in imposition of the grade penalty and/or
    disciplinary action and waiver of the right
    to appeal.
Steps Toward Redress for
Academic Offenses

Step 5
   The chairperson of the Academic
    Integrity and Grievance Committee
    will convene the committee for a
    hearing.
Steps Toward Redress for Academic
Offenses (Important Points)

   Grade Penalties
    • Only faculty members may impose a grade
      penalty.
   Grade penalties for consideration:
    • A grade of F in the course
    • A grade of F on the examination, project, etc.
    • A grade adjustment
    • No credit for material presented
Steps Toward Redress for Academic
Offenses (Important Points)

   In cases where the student accepts
    responsibility and the offense warrants a
    severe penalty such as expulsion or
    suspension.
    • The Dean of Students must refer the case
      within three (3) class days to the chairperson
      of AIGC.
Steps Toward Redress for Academic
Offenses (Important Points)
In a case where the student maintains a
plea of not responsible.
 • The Dean of Students will review the specific
     charge and evidence with the student, the
     student’s rights and privileges, appeals
     procedures, operating policies of the AIGC.
 •   After this review, if the student maintain
     the plea of not responsible, the Dean of
     Students will offer to assist the student in
     writing a statement of appeal.
Steps Toward Redress for Academic
Offenses (Important Points)

   Academic Dishonesty Procedures for
    Students not Enrolled in a Course
    • The faculty member should notify the Dean of
        Students
    •   The Dean of Students will investigate the
        allegation
    •   No action shall be taken until the student has
        been informed of the charge and given an
        opportunity to present his or her defense.
Academic Integrity Report
 Academic Dishonesty Violations
 Four Year Trend Report 2000 – 2003

                                  14



                         8


       3

                0
    2000     2001     2002     2003
Academic Integrity Report
        Academic Dishonesty Violations
                2002-2003

   Plagiarism                    10


    Collusion       1


    Cheating            3


                0           5   10    15
Academic Integrity Report
Academic Penalties (Faculty Imposed)

             F for course                   3

Reduction of Course Grade               2

         F for assignment                               7

                 Pending        1

               Dismissed        1


                            0       2           4   6       8
Academic Integrity Report
    Behavioral Sanctions (2002-2003)
9                       8
8
7
6
5
4        3
3
2                                   1      1         1
1
0




                                                     Dismissed
                                           Pending
                                    None
      Disciplinary


                     Disciplinary
                      Probation
       Warning
Academic Integrity Report
  Behavioral Sanctions (2002-2003)

                  Dismissed
      Pending        7%
        7%
                                 Disciplinary
                                  Warning
                                    21%
      None
       7%



                       Disciplinary
                        Probation
                          58%
Academic Integrity Report

Grade Point Average of Offenders
                      2.84
       2.85
        2.8                      2.72
       2.75
         2.7
       2.65
                                        S1
               Offenders'
                  GPA         UALR
                             Average
                              GPA
Academic Integrity Report
       Gender Breakdown



         Female
          43%     Male
                  57%
 Academic Integrity

CASE STUDIES
Steps Toward Redress for
Grade Appeals

Step 1
   The student must approach the faculty member
    in question to discuss the grade and attempt to
    resolve any differences.
    •   This must be done within twenty (20) class days after
        a final course grade is awarded.
    •   No faculty member shall be allowed to delay the
        resolution of a grievance by failing to hold a
        consultation with a student.
    •   The student’s grade may be changed in Step 1 of this
        procedure by the written consent of the instructor.
Steps Toward Redress for
Grade Appeals
Step 2
  If unable to resolve the difference with the faculty
  member, the student shall take the grievance
  within five (5) class days of this discussion to the
  department chairperson (or dean if the faculty
  member involved is the department chairperson).
   • The chairperson shall attempt to resolve the
      dispute within ten (10) class days by meeting with
      the student and faculty member.
   • The student’s grade may be changed at Step 2
      with written consent of the faculty member.
Steps Toward Redress for
Grade Appeals

Step 2 (cont.)
 At this meeting the chairperson will have the
  student and the faculty member complete and
  sign the Grade Appeal Complaint Form.
 The department chairperson retains the original
  and the student receives a copy.
Steps Toward Redress for
Grade Appeals
Step 3
  As a last resort and only after Steps 1 and 2 have
  been carried out, the student may file a formal
  complaint in writing within three (3) class days to
  the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic
  Affairs.
   •   The student must meet with the associate Vice
       Chancellor for Academic Affairs and bring to the
       meeting the written appeal.
   •   The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
       will notify the student in writing that the grade appeal
       will be referred to the Academic Integrity and
       Grievance Committee for hearing or to the vice
       chancellor/provost .
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   Why Report Academic Dishonesty
    And Follow University Policies For
    Reporting?
    • If academic dishonesty is ignored, respect
        for the institution and its faculty will
        decline.
    •   If students have previously committed
        academic dishonesty, they may be subject
        to more severe disciplinary sanction,
        including suspension or expulsion.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   Why Report Academic Dishonesty (cont.)
    • Following the proper procedure for
        reporting academic dishonesty is
        important for the protection of the rights of
        the university as well as the student.
    •   Not only is academic dishonesty an
        academic violation but, it is also a
        behavioral violation.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   Why Report Academic Dishonesty
    (cont.)
    • A charge of academic dishonesty requires
        that the student be provided with
        appropriate due process.
    •   If students know they will be sanctioned
        for academic dishonesty they are less
        likely to engage in such behavior.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   What Can You Do To Prevent
    Academic Dishonesty?
    • Define academic dishonesty and explain
        the consequences of such behavior.
    •   Define expectations and responsibilities.
    •   Communicate that academic dishonesty
        will not be tolerated and will be reported.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   What Can You Do To Prevent Academic
    Dishonesty? (cont.)
    •   Encourage reporting academic dishonesty and
        explain the importance or reporting.
    •   Outline the procedure for reporting academic
        dishonesty.
    •   Be aware of any conditions which might
        encourage academic dishonesty and develop
        prevention techniques.
    •   Follow university policies and procedures for
        handling academic dishonesty as stipulated in the
        student and faculty handbooks.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
   What Can You Do To Prevent
    Academic Dishonesty? (cont.)
    • Be aware of any conditions which might
        encourage academic dishonesty and
        develop prevention techniques.
    •   Follow university policies and procedures
        for handling academic dishonesty as
        stipulated in the student and faculty
        handbooks.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY


  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

   For more information on
   academic dishonesty,
   please contact the Office
   of the Dean of Students at
   569-3328.

				
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