Academic Integrity Committee

2007-2008 Annual Report

 

 

The academic integrity process at Georgia Tech relies on the cooperation of faculty.† Not only is it up to the faculty to report all suspected cases of academic dishonesty to the Office of Student Integrity (OSI), it is also up to faculty to enforce any grade sanction that results from a given case.† In our early meetings of Fall 2007 we heard, at first and second hand, of a number of faculty who actively and even aggressively resist the process and refuse to enforce grade sanctions that follow the current sanctioning model.

 

We considered, briefly, whether this issue could be taken up with the Registrar, the Rules and Regulations Committee, and eventually the Faculty Senate: Is there any way, if it is considered advisable, to override faculty grading in cases of academic dishonesty?

 

Rather than open up that particular hornetís nest, we instead considered ways of increasing the number of faculty who participate in the integrity process and making the case for agreeing to enforce grade sanctions.† Our supposition was that non-participation is due mainly to lack of faculty awareness of their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct and of the role of faculty in advising OSI and establishing the sanctioning model.

 

Our work for the year was focused on developing one piece of a broader effort to inform faculty about the integrity process.† Over a series of four meetings, we developed a simple, one-page faculty guide to the process, which is to be distributed widely, but particularly at orientation for new faculty.† The guide is also intended to serve as the template for the faculty section of the OSI website, with links to resources from each bullet point.

 

The final version of the guide was approved unanimously on April 18, 2008.