Academic Integrity Annual Report

 

Member of the Committee were:  Thomas Morley (Chair: Faculty Member), Russ Callen (Faculty Member), Adam Bernstein (Undergraduate Representative), John Dean (Honor Advisor Council – HAC – Chair), and Karen Boyd (Ex Offico: Senior Associate Dean of Students), Magnus Egerstedt (Faculty Member), Cheryl Contant (Ex Officio: Faculty Member and Honor Committee Chairperson)

 

The committee met five times.

 

The Institute is moving to allow faculty to resolve allegations of academic misconduct.  Desiring to reduce a myriad of sanctions, the Academic Integrity Committee of the Faculty Senate completed sanctioning guidelines for adjudicating instances where students are sanctioned for an academic integrity violation. These sanctions are guidelines; not requirements.  Variances from the guidelines are rare and occur only when there is a sound rationale for the difference.  

 

Suggested Academic Integrity Violation Sanctioning Guidelines
It should be pointed out that these suggested academic integrity sanctioning guidelines are precisely that - guidelines. Individual case may differ.

Sanctions should include the following aspects


When developing the sanction, the aggravating circumstances should be considered for each aspect of the sanction. Aggravating circumstances include, but are not limited to:

Disciplinary Standing Considerations

Learning Experience Considerations
Ordinarily each academic integrity violation would include assignment to the 8 hour Academic Integrity Seminar. Variations should be determined in consultation with the Office of Student Integrity.

Academic Impact Considerations

Note: These examples are based on a total of 100 points. By scaling, however, the algoithm applies to any number of points. Alternatively, the grade may be computed as in here:

Example 1 - Student A cheated on an assignment worth 20% OF THE COURSE GRADE (or 20 points toward his A) The student made a perfect grade otherwise (80 points). The student's final average is 80-20= 60 points. This is then converted to a letter grade.

Example 2 – Student B cheated on an assignment worth 2% of the final grade. The student is given a zero on that assignment. With this zero,
the student's total average is 91%. An additional 2% is subtracted from the student's grade, giving an average of 89%.

Z = Y [100-X (2)]

X = value of the assignment on the final grade as stated in the course syllabus
Y = maximum grade possible for the course as stated in the course syllabus
Z = final course grade assigned student after academic impact applied