Introduction• In June 2011, the Board of Governors approved aManual change to Section I.5.1 of the Academic Facultyand Administrative Professional Manual that establishesan Honor Pledge at CSU.• Three basic points:– Syllabus statement– Address academic integrity in class– Decide which course components will use an honorpledge
Academic Misconduct Defined• Article III of the Colorado State University Student Conduct Code:Any student or student organization found to have committed or to haveattempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinarysanction:1. Academic misconduct including but not limited to: cheating,plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academicmaterials, falsification, or facilitation of acts of misconduct.Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images,ideas, or thoughts of others and is related only to work submitted forcredit. Disciplinary action will not be taken for academic work indraft form. Specific procedures for cases of academic misconductare also described in the Academic Integrity Policy in the GeneralCatalog, the Graduate Student Bulletin, the Faculty Manual, theHonor Code of the Professional Veterinary School, or the HonorCode of the School of Public Health as applicable.
• Cheating: using unauthorized sources of information and providing or receivingunauthorized assistance on any form of academic work or engaging in anybehavior specifically prohibited by the faculty member in the course syllabus orclass presentation.• Plagiarism: the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts ofanother, and representing them as ones own without proper acknowledgement;the failure to cite sources properly; sources must always be appropriatelyreferenced, whether the source is printed, electronic, or spoken.• Unauthorized Possession or Disposition of Academic Materials:unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, term papers, or otheracademic work; stealing another students work; using information from orpossessing exams that a faculty member did not authorize for release tostudents.• Falsification: any untruth, either verbal or written, in ones academic work.• Facilitation: knowingly assisting another to commit an act of misconduct.
1. Syllabi• State clearly in our syllabi that the course will adhere to the Academic Integrity Policyof the General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code.Integridad Académica: Del CatálogoGeneral de CSU: ―Academic dishonesty,such as cheating or plagiarism, will result inacademic penalty and/or universitydisciplinary action. Cheating includes usingunauthorized sources of information andproviding or receiving unauthorizedassistance on any form of academic work.‖Las ―ediciones‖ y ―correcciones‖ noautorizadas fuera de clase de cualquiertrabajo o tarea también se consideraránplagio. La profesora se reserva el derechode usar software antiplagio como Turnitin. Eluso de traductores online es inaceptable yresultará en un cero. Todo caso de integridadacadémica resultará en un reporte al―Conflict and Resolution Center‖.ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: All work is to bestrictly your own work. A composition isNOT your own work if you have a previousinstructor, tutor or Spanish-speaking friendgo through the paper to make correctionsfor you (excluding peer editors assigned byyour instructor); it is not your own work ifyou use an online translator. When youneed help with a composition or otherassignment, the instructor will be happy tohelp you. Any assignment completed withthis kind of "outside help" will receive an Fgrade and WILL be reported to theConflict Resolution and Student ConductServices.
Colleen McKee forLSPA300This course will follow the Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado StateUniversity General Catalog (Page 7) and the Student Conduct Code, whichdefines academic dishonesty as: ―misconduct including but not limited to:cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academicmaterials, falsification, or facilitation of acts of misconduct. Plagiarism includesthe copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of others and isrelated only to work submitted for credit‖. In addition, plagiarism in the languageclassroom includes the use of translators and unauthorized help from peersand native speakers. You may not submit work from a prior class (self-plagiarism).Academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action, and may result infailure of the course. Both the student and the office of Conflict Resolution andStudent Services will be informed of the disciplinary action in writing.Academic Integrity Resources:How to avoid plagiarism: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/plagiarism/How to cite your work: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/
2. Address it in class• By the end of the second week of class we must address academic integrityissues as they apply to the graded course components. Individual facultymembers will likely have different policies for what is permitted with regard toexams, papers, etc. This should be spelled out so students know the rules foreach class.• Why academic integrity is important - to you, to fellow students, in this profession• The full range of consequences for academic misconduct and the procedures youwill follow when academic misconduct is suspected:– Make only general comments about the grading penalties you will assessand refrain from using such phrases as: "First offense — failure on theassignment or test," and "Second offense — failure in the course."– The danger in prescribing specific penalties is clear. Doing so locks you into acourse of action no matter the degree of seriousness or the possibility ofmitigating circumstances attached to the offense.
3. Decide Grade Components• Before the first time you ask students to use the pledge, you should discusswhat it means and why you are asking them to sign it.• The course instructor shall decide which course components will use an honorpledge. For those course components, the course instructor shall provide theopportunity for students to sign an affirmative honor pledge. The honor pledge shallinclude one of the following statements and may be expanded according toinstructor, department, or college practices and policies:– HONOR PLEDGE: I have not given, received, or used any unauthorized assistance.– HONOR PLEDGE: I will not give, receive, or use any unauthorized assistance.• A student’s decision to forego signing the honor pledge shall not be used asevidence of academic misconduct and shall not negatively impact a students grade.
The Pledge• Your syllabus should include a copy of the pledge you would like students to includeon written work. For papers submitted electronically, your instructions could instructstudents to type their name after the pledge as a "proxy" for their signature.– Exams: The pledge can be printed on the top of the exam. A space should beprovided for the students signature as well as a place for the name to be printed.– Blue Books and other Written Work: Ask students to copy it on the first pageof their blue book, with their signature. In the future CSU blue books may be pre-printed with the pledge.• If you allow group work, you may also want to ask students to indicate what otherstudents contributed to their homework.
If there is Academic Misconduct in my class…• Prior to assigning any academic penalty:– notify the student of the concern– make an appointment with the student to discuss the concern– DO NOT ACCUSE THE STUDENT: ask open questions– Email your supervisor and let her know about the case• If the student admits to engaging in academic misconduct, or if the course instructorjudges that the preponderance of evidence supports the allegation of academicmisconduct:– assign an academic penalty.– notify the student in writing of the infraction and the academic penalty to be imposed.– Send a copy of this notification to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services(CRSCS@colostate.edu)• If the student does not admit to engaging in academic misconduct or you are unsureabout the proper penalty:– refer the case to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services for a Hearing(CRSCS@colostate.edu)
• If, after making reasonable efforts, the course instructor is unable to contact thestudent or is unable to collect all relevant evidence before final course grades areassigned, he or she shall assign an interim grade of Incomplete and notify thestudent in writing of the reason for this action.• If evidence of academic misconduct is discovered after the final course grades havebeen submitted, the course instructor shall follow the above procedure in properlynotifying the student and providing an opportunity for the student to give his or herposition on the matter before making a decision about any academic penalty. Thecourse instructor must notify the student in writing of the infraction and any academicpenalty subsequently imposed. A copy of this notification shall be sent to theOffice of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services (CRSCS@colostate.edu)• If the course instructor so desires, he or she may request that the Office of ConflictResolution and Student Conduct Services conduct a Hearing to determine whetheradditional disciplinary action should be taken by the University, or if the offensewarrants the addition of the ―AM‖ (Academic Misconduct) notation to the student’stranscript.
What Grading Penalties May I Impose? (From TILTwebsite)• Instructors may impose a "grading penalty" upon a finding that a student has,either intentionally or unintentionally, committed academic misconduct.– Minimum: reduced credit on the assignment– Maximum: course failure (regardless of academic performance)• Other options include:– A zero (0) for the assignment– Negative credit for the assignment (Some departments at CSU have the policy thaton a first offense the effect of the grading penalty will always be GREATER thanthe effect of the student not doing the assignment at all).– Reduction of one letter grade for the course– Re-doing the assignment (with or without credit) (Not recommended unless theinfraction is minor AND unintentional - due to the effect on students whocompleted the assignment correctly)– An "F" for the course– Loss of Repeat/delete privilege
What are the Legal Ramifications when IAccuse a Student of Cheating?• University procedures offer protection for instructors when they suspect (and oraccuse) a student of academic misconduct.• Faculty members cannot be held personally liable so as long as they have followedUniversity procedures when dealing with students suspected of cheating.• A students right to privacy may be violated, however, when an incident of academicmisconduct is discussed with the student in a public place (e.g., in class, thehallway, the food court, etc.). Under no circumstances is it proper to discuss suchincidents, or use a students name or other personally identifying information withsomeone who is not—as per FERPA regulation—in a "need to know" position (forexample, a colleague)• Instructors may be held liable, however, if they penalize a student without anadmission, or a finding, of academic misconduct as defined by the Student ConductCode. This also holds true if an instructor has not followed University procedures.
Information from:• I.5.1 Instructor Responsibilities Regarding theAcademic Integrity Policy (Academic Faculty andAdministrative ProfessionalManual, http://facultycouncil.colostate.edu/files/manual/sectioni.htm#I.5.1)• CSU General Catalog, pages 7-8(http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/FrontPDF/1.6POLICIES1112f.pdf)• TILTs Academic Integrity Program(http://tilt.colostate.edu/integrity/)ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WEEK:September 26th-28thhttp://tilt.colostate.edu/events/view.cfm?EventID=429