Minutes of Meeting 2/26/14

Academic Integrity Committee



Elliot Moore (ECE)

Peter Paquette (OSI)

Anil Shetty (OSI)

Ken Cunefare  (EB Liaison)

Jeff Davis ECE (Chair)

Jessica Lynam (HAC)

I. Academic Integrity Committee Overview


The purpose of this meeting was to discuss and explore the details of the current Sanction Model on Academic Misconduct.  This semester our committee will actively review this policy and possibly recommend some changes to this document.   


In this meeting we focused our discussion on a new draft of the guides to be used by OSI.   The discussion revolved around not only the verbiage of the model, but also the committee probed a little deeper into the policies that surround this model.


II. Main Topics Discussed


Faculty Reporting

There was a discussion that with faculty handling internally and reporting to OSI that they would be held to the first violation standards.  There is a question as to whether the student would be educated enough if they were not required to take the course.


Minimum Grade Penalty

There was a lot of discussion on this point.  The final consensus on is issue was that the guides should say that the minimum grade penalty for a first offense was a zero on the assignment.  If there are aggravating circumstances, then this could have additional penalties (like an an additional letter grade drop), but these would be at the discretion of OSI.  Also it was emphasized that the students understand that the next violation will be much more severe, which would include a zero in the course and suspension for one semester.


Mitigating vs. Aggravating Circumstances

It was brought up that about mitigating circumstances.  Although there is always flexibility, the norm of the OSI will be to adhere to the guidelines and enforce suspension for a second offense. The students still have opportunities to appeal their decisions, but the goal is to educate the repeat offender the seriousness of the offense. 



There was discussion that some of the verbiage on the website should be changed so that faculty, staff, or GTA know where to go to begin the online reporting process.


Maybe “Incident Referral” should be change to “Report Incident” or “Report Academic Misconduct.”


Getting the Word out on Reporting Cheating to OSI

This was also discussed briefly and will be the main topic for the next meeting. One idea that was floated was that education on report should be also focus to admin staff, GTA training sessions, faculty orientation, and faculty meetings.



III. Conclusion


The committee seems to be converging on the guidelines and sanctions.


The next charge is to try to come up with a multi-year plan to increase reporting of cheating cases on campus.