ENCOURAGING “HONEST WORK” Laura Yoo Presented on August 24, 2010 Howard Community College
What are we doing today? • Think: • Plagiarizing • Cheating • Sharing • Dividing-and-Conquering • Manipulating, falsifying, misrepresenting • Share 477-student survey results • Share review of 177 syllabi from Fall 2009 • Good written communication re: academic honesty • Can we help this faculty?
Part 1: Student Academic Honesty Survey May 2010* 477 responses from English 087 (ESL) English 097 (developmental) English 121 (College Comp I) English 122 (College Comp II) * Some questions and statements were adapted from Kansas State University’s and Syracuse University’s academic honesty surveys.
What’s your reaction to this? • Please write down a few words… • Turn to the person next to you… • Share your ideas…
Part 2: What do we say in our syllabi? Full time faculty: 83 syllabi from 7 divisions Part time faculty: 94 syllabi from 7 divisions (majority from fall 2009)
Category 1: Does not mention academic honesty (or dishonesty) • 36% of total • Example: Umm…. Nothing… • Perhaps discussed in class… just not mentioned in the syllabus
Category 2: Refers students to Student Handbook • 26% of total • Example: “Academic honesty, as defined in the Student Handbook, is required of all students.” • How effective is this? What’s the real purpose of putting this statement in the syllabus?
Category 3: Explains with statement • 38% of total • Example 1: • “Students should work alone on homework. Submissions are due by the end of the class… […] The policy on collaboration in homework is described above. Examination work must be strictly individual. Violations of this policy will not be tolerated and will result in Fail grade for the class.”
Category 3: Explains with statement • Example 2 (Vinnie Rege – Business and Computers) • “All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication of information, misrepresentation, and abetting any of the above. The code of Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Procedures will be followed in the event that academic misconduct occurs. Students should refer to the Student Handbook.”
Category 3: Explains with statement • Example 3 (Laura Yoo – English class) • “DOING HONEST WORK” • Doing honest work in college is about being dedicated to the work at hand, doing your best, and representing your work in a fair and honest way. • “When you say you did the work yourself, you actually did it. When you rely on someone else’s work, you cite it. When you use their words, you quote them openly and accurately and you cite them, too. When you present research materials, you present them fairly and truthfully.” (Charles Lipson) • Plagiarism – accidental or intentional – is a serious academic offense. Be sure that you understand the consequences of academic dishonesty at HCC. Below is the HCC’s procedure for academic dishonesty. Check the Student Handbook for details.
Category 3: Explains with statement • Example 4: See handout (Jim Bell – Psychology)
In writing the syllabus, consider… • the tone of your message – no threatening please! • the clarity of definition of plagiarism/cheating • the clarity of expectations • the clarity of consequences • giving students a chance to discuss what “honest” work means • AND YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS IT IN CLASS – MAYBE EVEN HAVE A DISCUSSION!
Can we help this faculty? • “Hi Laura - I am sorry that I will not be able to attend your workshop on Tuesday morning... I was wondering if you will have any handouts from the workshop that you could share with me. I have had problems with plagiarism in my classes almost every semester, since I assign research papers. I always stress the importance of academic honestyand go over the definition of plagiarism and how to avoid it, but I find that doesn't necessarily deter students from cutting and pasting materials from the internet. I tried using turnitin.com, but the students were not all able to get it to work, and it twice missed blatant internet plagiarism that I was able to detect myself. Any information you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.”
THANK YOU! LET’S DO SOME HONEST WORK!