Academic Honesty and Integrity Committee “came of age” last August as a full standing committee of Faculty Senate. We increased our membership to 16 and divided the group into Prevention and Intervention Subcommittees, led respectively by AHI Committee co-chairs, Sally Bremner and David Bowie. The Intervention group received training preparatory to assisting the Dean of Students Office in processing lower level academic integrity policy violations starting this fall. The Prevention group completed a major upgrade of the AI Tutorial — ready for use now — and a final draft of a Faculty Guide to Student Academic Integrity coming this fall.
Here are our major accomplishments for 2013-2014:
- New AI Tutorial and Quiz: Available at http://ahi.commons.uaa.alaska.edu and accessible to anyone – incoming freshmen and those without UAA credentials. Little remains of the original tutorial. New software is in place with a Treasure Island theme that adds visual appeal and makes navigation easier. We have focused less on plagiarism and the nitty gritty of citing, and more on other forms of academic dishonesty and why academic integrity is important. The quiz draws from 50 scenarios in 4 categories of academic dishonesty. Students must answer two questions from each category correctly for a pass and printable certificate, that can also be emailed. The questions have been tested in 10 classes of Engineering, English. 111 and Honors students. We welcome your feedback.
- Online Reporting of Suspected Academic Dishonesty Incidents: The Dean of Students Office has revamped its website for easy access to academic integrity information. Here you’ll find links to Sanction Guidelines and Reporting Procedure that includes an online reporting form for students, staff or instructors, as well as the Student Code of Conduct 1: Cheating, Plagiarism, or Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty – the policy that guides academic integrity on UA campuses.
- Faculty Guide to Student Academic Integrity (Coming soon): Similar in format to the Students in Crisis and Conflict brochure, this guide will provide a handy reference for instructors across UAA campuses. It will include Student Code of Conduct 1, categories of student dishonesty with suggestions for prevention and intervention, selected FAQ and supporting resources. We aim to give it final Committee approval early in September, and post it online soon afterwards. Printed copies will follow once our proposed revisions to Student Code of Conduct 1 awaiting review by UAF and UAS are finalized.
The AHI Committee will reconvene in September. Meetings are held every second Monday at 8:30 am throughout the Fall and Spring semesters in the Consortium Library. We appreciate our multidisciplinary representation and welcome your interest. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity took on several projects this year. Our proposed revisions to Part A of the Student Code Conduct will be reviewed by the UA Assembly in August. We completed work on Sanctioning Guidelines for the Dean of Students Office. These will be posted on the revamped DoS website shortly. Online reporting of incidents of suspected academic dishonesty was offered in test mode during April. The Committee started working on an Academic Integrity guide for faculty that will lay out the Student Code of Conduct examples of academic dishonesty, reporting procedures, strategies for prevention, possible sanctions and Q&A. Lastly we developed additional scenarios and multiple choice answers for the AI Tutorial upgrade. Some were tested by high school students who were on campus in June. More work is needed and we hope to have some of the improvements made for the fall semester. The Ad Hoc Committee has applied for full standing committee status, as Committee on Academic Honesty and Integrity pending the adoption of the revised constitution and bylaws by faculty poll.
Meanwhile we encourage you and your students to Take the Academic Integrity Tutorial, our best resource right now for teaching freshman about academic honesty, and how to avoid problems as they embark on their studies at UAA. The tutorial takes about 40 minutes, and displays a personalized Certificate of Completion so is well suited to a homework assignment.
We will reconvene next Semester to continue this work. If you are interested in joining us, please be in touch at email@example.com
Did you know that UAA has its own academic integrity tutorial? It turns out we can thank Professor Robert Boeckmann, who recognized the need for such a tool in the Psychology Department back in the 2008-2009 academic year. Robert did the research, found a wonderful model at York University, and secured permission for UAA to adapt and use the tutorial here. FTC’s instructional designer, JoAnn Gonzales Major, produced a UAA version in Summer of 2010, customizing it for UAA policies and resources. Since fall 2010, many faculty have assigned this tutorial to their students to expose them to the basics of academic integrity, particularly plagiarism. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to review the material and take the 10-question quiz. Currently students receive immediate feedback so they can redo the questions they answered incorrectly until they attain 100%. The program then displays a certificate of completion bearing the student’s name.
The Ad Hoc Committee on AI is currently working to improve the tutorial in a number of ways, and hopes to complete a major update this year. Despite its shortcomings, they feel the current version is still a very worthwhile exercise for students. The AI survey undertaken at UAA during the 2010-2011 year, showed there is considerable disagreement among faculty and students as to what constitutes plagiarism, and how seriously various behaviors are addressed (view the Final Report). This tutorial is perhaps our best tool right now in bringing these two groups together, and fostering useful dialogue.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity Final Report for 2011-2012 was submitted to Faculty Senate in early May. The document includes 14 recommendations for a wide range of inititatives in teaching, learning, administration and statewide policy. The recommendations are based on best practices across the U.S. but focus on specific UAA problems revealed by the International Center for Academic Integrity’s assessment tool that was administered to faculty and students the previous year.
The 20-page report also includes working documents on proposed changes to the Board of Regents policies, proposed sanctioning guidelines, the position description for an academic integrity coordinator, a student code of conduct report form, and the summary report of the assessment.
At the May 5 Faculty Senate Meeting, Senate members voted to reinstate the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity for 2012-2013. Members are: Paulo Banchero (Journalism), Sally Bremner (Library), David Bowie (English), Dayna DeFeo (LRC Coordinator), Dawn Dooley (Assoc. Dean of Students), Steffen Peuker (Engineering), Jennifer Stone, Committee Chair (English), and Michael Votava (Assist. Director of Student Conduct). Beth Barnett (Dental) and Claudia Lampman (Psychology) will join us again in the Spring. We hope to recruit members from Business, Nursing, International Student Services, and USUAA to round out the group. Meetings are generally held every 2nd Monday at 8:30 am in LIB205. Please contact one of our members if you are interested.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity has been reviewing the survey results and looking at best practices elsewhere, to devise recommendations to improve the climate of academic integrity at UAA. Focus groups of students, faculty and administrators will be convened on Wednesday, March 28th, to help us evaluate these for use on our campus, before taking them to the Faculty Senate. Recruitment for the groups is underway, and those confirmed will receive our Revised Summary Report ahead of time as background for the discussions. This document also contains the schedule for the focus groups, and proposed revisions to the Board of Regents policy.
The student group convenes at 4 pm; faculty at 5:30 pm and administrators at 7 pm this Wednesday, all groups meeting in ADM102. If you have any questions, or concerns, or are keen to join one of the groups, please e-mail Sally Bremner as soon as possible.
The academic honesty (AI) environment at UAA was assessed during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 based on guidelines from the International Center for Academic Integrity, and facilitated by the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity. Preliminary data were presented at the Faculty Retreat on August 24th, 2011. Well-known AI reseacher, Professor Don McCabe gave a presentation entitled Academic Integrity in the U.S., and Dr. Claudia Lampman presented an overview of UAA’s AI assessment results. You can View Summary Report 2011-08-22.
Phase II: Focus groups of administrators, faculty and students will convene in September, and a final report and recommendations is anticipated in January 2012. Please e-mail us if you’d like to join a focus group.
Our web-based Academic Integrity Tutorial can help students learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. They will take the quiz until they get 100%, and receive a certificate of completion. See Faculty Resources tab for more information about the UAA tutorial and how to embed it in Blackboard courses. We have also created an APU edition of the AI Tutorial.
In recognition that the issue of plagiarism is serious and complex, this website is designed to provide resources to students and faculty and to encourage dialogue about the responsible and respectful use of source materials in academic writing.
The content has been compiled by Jackie Cason, Clare Chesher, and Sally Bremner, Library Advisory Committee, and Page Brannon, Library Instruction and Reference Services. We welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.