Minutes of

Academic Integrity Committee - November 1, 2011

Those present: Tom Morley (chair, Mathematics), Jeff Davis (ECE), Swetha Sivaswamy (Graduate student, School of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering, representative from HAC), Chris Schmidt (OSI).

1) We first discussed the Academic Sanction Model.  This was a continuation of a discussion that began last year regarding the language of the model, its flexibility and what factors might be considered mitigating or aggravating.  There was a proposal last year that the language be revised slightly to discuss those things that should not be considered when determining sanctions/requirements.  The new language was proposed but tabled for further review following some concerns.

Since that point, there was a request by Henry Owen, professor at GT-Lorraine, that would help to clarify some of the consequences for violating policy.  Prof. Owen suggested that the language be added as "Ancillary Repercussions" to the sanction model.

After discussion with the committee, it was agreed that Dr. Morley and Chris Schmidt would create some language that would speak to both the above issues and then send that to the committee for review.

2) We then discussed the statistics that Dr. Morley presented to the Faculty Senate during his annual report for 2010-2011.  Dr. Morley presented the data provided by OSI to the Faculty Senate noting the lack of Student Honor Committee hearings over the year.  Additionally, he noted that the number of cases that were modified in some fashion during the appeal process was high.  There was a suggestion that Dr. Morley would speak to the Dean of Students further about this.

3) Finally we discussed some topics of discussion/plans for the upcoming year.  Specifically noted were continued discussions about the sanction model (language, flexibility, etc), the appeal process (numbers, process, etc.), communication between OSI and the Student Honor Committee (streamlining of the process).


A quorum having voted unanimously (by EMAIL), the following change in the sanctioning model is agreed to by the Committee:

Note that any finding of responsibility can have secondary and/or indirect consequences, including, but not limited to eligibility for extracurricular activities or organization participation, financial aid and employment both at GT and elsewhere. Such secondary and/or indirect consequesnces are not a part of the sationing model.


Tom Morley, Chair