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Title: Academic Integrity at TCNJ


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Academic Integrity at TCNJ

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What Is TCNJs Academic Integrity Policy?
  • You will receive a brochure about the colleges
    academic integrity policy and the consequence for
    violating it by e-mail in September. Keep it and
    read it carefully.
  • This presentation seeks to explain some of the
    details of the policy.

3
Does Academic Integrity Matter?
  • Student PerspectiveWhat does all my hard work
    matter if someone else cheats and gets away with
    it?
  • Faculty PerspectiveHow can I teach effectively
    if I cant trust my students to do their own
    work?
  • Everyones PerspectiveWhat kind of school do
    we want TCNJ to be? A school of cheaters or a
    community of scholars?

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What Is Academic Dishonesty?
  • Academic dishonesty is any attempt by the
    student to gain academic advantage through
    dishonest means, to submit, as his/her own, work
    which has not been done by him/her or to give
    improper aid to another student in the completion
    of an assignment.
  • From TCNJs Academic Integrity Policy

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Common Violations
  • Submitting work that is not your own whether
    through plagiarism (not properly acknowledging
    the words, ideas, data, etc. of others),
    purchase, or using another persons work
  • Cheating on an exam
  • Collaborating when instructions called for
    independent work
  • Submitting an assignment with falsified or
    fabricated data or results
  • Submitting the same assignment in multiple
    classes
  • Feigning illness or personal circumstances to
    avoid a required academic activity
  • Concealing, destroying, or stealing research or
    library materials to deprive others of their use
    or sabotaging someone else's work

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When Is Something Dishonest?
  • Bottom lineWould you be willing to
    tellthe professor what you did?

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Why Might a Student Behave Dishonestly?
  • Desperation For example, a student has been
    under pressure at school and home. Several
    assignments are due at the same time, and there
    isnt time to complete everything. So, the
    student copies a paper from a web site.
  • Shortcuts For example, a student decides to use
    falsified bibliographic entries in a paper for a
    class outside her major under the belief that
    this class isnt as important as those in her
    major.
  • Lack of understanding For example, a student
    isnt intending to be dishonest, but doesnt
    realize that copying material from a website and
    pasting it into a paper or presentation without
    citation or attribution is academically
    dishonest.

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How To Avoid Violations
  • Ask about professors policies for collaborating,
    use of sources, etc.
  • Talk to your professor if you have academic
    problems or need an extension.
  • Good planning can prevent many problems from ever
    happening.
  • For proper use of sources, get help such as
  • Links tutorial on the librarys website
    http//www.tcnj.edu/liblinks
  • Help at the tutoring center
  • Turnitin, a service that searches Internet and a
    database of over 40 million student papers to
    help you or your professor tell if you are
    relying too heavily a source. Turnitin is
    available on Canvas.

9
Case Studies
  • Some of these cases may have clear-cut answers
    some may depend upon circumstances in a specific
    class but all of the cases are worth discussing
    to get a better idea about academic integrity
    issues.

10
Academic Integrity Case 1
  • Jane writes a paper for an Introduction to
    Management course on the topic of Flexible
    Workplace Benefits in a Diverse Workforce. The
    following year, in a class on Benefits and
    Compensation, she submits the same paper. Has
    she behaved dishonestly?

11
Academic Integrity Case 2
  • Jeff is writing a paper for a political
    science class. He needs to describe the workings
    of the British parliamentary system. He has a
    source that explains the system very concisely
    and well. He cant think of a better way to
    summarize the system, so he uses some of the
    exact phrases of the source interspersed among
    his own words. He cites the source at the end of
    the paragraph. Has he behaved dishonestly?

12
Academic Integrity Case 3
  • Isaac was working on a group project with
    three other students. Each student was required
    to complete a fair share, 25, of the work. Isaac
    completed about 10 of the total project. Has he
    behaved dishonestly?
  • Does the answer change if Isaac doesnt
    contribute anything?

13
Academic Integrity Case 4
  • Sarah and Peter were lab partners in a
    chemistry class. One week they split the 30
    homework problems (unrelated to their lab) in
    half. Sarah did the odd numbers and Peter did
    the even numbers. They met Sunday night to share
    the answers. On Monday, Sarah and Peter
    individually submitted the completed 30 problems.
    Have they behaved dishonestly?

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Academic Integrity Case 5
  • Sylvia is writing a paper for her economics
    class. She finishes the paper a couple days
    before its due date and sends a copy to her
    mother by email. Her mother corrects the paper
    to fix the grammar, spelling, and typos and then
    sends it back to Sylvia by email. Sylvia turns
    in the copy corrected by her mother. Has Sylvia
    behaved dishonestly?

15
Academic Integrity Case 6
  • Arnold hasnt finished his reading for his
    history class. The professor sometimes asks
    students questions point-blank about the reading,
    and Arnold doesnt want to risk not being able to
    answer something. So, he emails the professor to
    say that hes feeling sick and skips class. Has
    he behaved dishonestly?

16
Other Academic Integrity Cases
  • What kinds of hard-to-judge cases can you
    imagine?
  • Do you have a question about a specific case you
    know about or can imagine?

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What Happens in Academic Integrity Cases?
  • Academic integrity cases may be decided by the
    faculty member, an Academic Integrity Officer in
    a School, or the All-College Academic Integrity
    Board
  • Result of academic integrity cases may include
  • Being cleared of any wrongdoing
  • Redoing the assignment in question (with or
    without a penalty)
  • Receiving an F for the assignment
  • Receiving an F for the course
  • Receiving a Disciplinary F (which permanently
    counts in the GPA)
  • Being suspended or dismissed from TCNJ.

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Academic Integrity Procedure.
  • An instructor will consult with the student about
    a suspected incident of academic dishonesty.
  • If the instructor believes it to be intentional,
    s/he will reports it to the appropriate Academic
    Integrity Officer.
  • The AIO investigates. The matter may be settled
    by the AIO. The student has a right to a hearing
    before the All-College Academic Integrity Board.
  • If the instructor believes the incident to be
    unintentional, s/he may report it or take other
    actions such as giving a grade of zero or
    requiring the work to be redone.
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