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Honor Code Awareness

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Did you know that part of Ethical Leadership is being aware of and abiding by our campus Honor Code?

It is extremely important to exhibit and maintain academic integrity in all the work you do. It is my job to ensure that you are aware of the expectations placed upon you and the pitfalls that lie ahead of you. With this understanding, I’m requiring all of my students to take the Herbst Academic Center Honor Code Quiz during the semi-annual Honor Code Awareness Weeks, February 15 – 28, 2015.
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Week 1: Academic Integrity

Wordle: Academic Integrity The NCAA monitors graduation success rates and academic performance rates (APR) but not academic integrity. It is incumbent upon each institution to police themselves in this area. The University of Colorado does so using a student-run organization called Honor Code whose intent is “to establish a community of trust where students do not plagiarize, cheat, or obtain unauthorized academic materials.” (see CU’s rules regarding academic integrity).

The essence of integrity is what one does or the decisions one makes if no one is around or watching. Imagine the little angel sitting on your shoulder scrutinizing your every move. Having integrity in your academic pursuits, whether as a tutor or a student, simply means making good choices. Making good choices in this context boils down to three simple rules: Don’t Lie, Don’t Steal, Don’t Cheat. As a tutor, you have the unique opportunity to model this behavior for the student-athletes you work with and it starts by knowing and understanding what NOT to do.

Plagiarism, Cheating, Fabrication, Aid of Academic Dishonesty, Lying, Bribery, and Threat. These are forms of academic dishonesty that you should be aware of as a tutor (see What is a Violation? for examples of each).

Those students that commit various forms of academic dishonesty usually do so when they feel pressured or unprepared. Please help monitor this by being aware of your student’s deadlines, upcoming assignments, and practice/competition schedules. Most of this can be accessed through your GradesFirst account. If you sense a student has reached panic mode, please reach out to their Academic Coordinator.

The following video does an outstanding job of defining Academic Integrity – and the illustrations are fantastic!

What is Academic Integrity? from Emily Paige on Vimeo.

Herbst Academic Center tutors please post comment stating you’ve read and understand this week’s tutor tip.

Week 9: Academic Integrity

The NCAA takes the academic integrity of its schools and student-athletes very seriously.

Rules are not written for this area because every university in America has a program or policy in place to protect the academic integrity of its campus. Because of that, the NCAA allows campuses to “police” themselves in the area of academics.

The Honor Code Process relies on the collaboration of the entire university community to be both efficient and effective. Any member of the university community may report violations/accusations to the honor council and we encourage you to do so if you believe one of your student-athletes is violating academic integrity.

  • Honor investigators gather evidence and investigate allegations of reported violations. The adjudication director looks at the evidence and determines whether the accused student will be brought before the hearing panel. An accused student is assigned an advisor who is available to the the student throughout the hearing process.
  • A closed panel hearing is convened. A member of the university community may accompany the accused student solely for support. Honor investigators present written documentation of their findings and the accused student may make a statement to the panel. The deliberations are closed to anyone outside of the panel.
  • The Hearing Panel will decide whether the accused student is responsible or not responsible. If found responsible the record or the violation is maintained with the individual school/college and at the honor code office.
  • If found responsible, the hearing panel will reconvene to assign non-academic sanctions. Either the student/faculty member may initiate an appeal based on certain criteria. If found not responsible the record is destroyed.

Post submitted by Mindy Sclaro