LS&A will try a new approach to handling student cheating, assuming a proposal from the Colleges Joint Faculty-Student Policy Committee is approved at the November LS&A faculty meeting.
David Schoem, committee chair and assistant dean for undergraduate education, moved at the Oct. 3 faculty meeting that the section of the Faculty Code dealing with the academic judiciary be set aside Jan. 1, 1995April 30, 1997 and replaced with procedures outlined in the Joint Faculty-Student Policy Committees Review of the LS&A Academic Judiciary, published in September.
The committee recommends that LS&A confront the problem of cheating through a comprehensive education effort and by making substantial changes in the way cheating cases are investigated and adjudicated.
That education effort would include distribution of a pamphlet on Standards of Academic Integrity to all faculty and students.
Students would be required to sign a Commitment to Academic Integrity statement as part of the undergraduate admissions process.
In addition, a one-page synopsis of the Standards pamphlet would be distributed to faculty, TAs and students in large enrollment introductory courses and to students when they declare their concentration.
Standards of academic integrity also should be discussed among faculty at appropriate departmental meetings and among TAs as part of TA training, according to the committee.
It also recommends that discussion of academic integrity issues be included as part of orientation and that aggregate statistics from judiciary proceedings be publicized at the start of each semester in the Michigan Daily, The University Record and LS&A Checkpoint Newsletter.
To clarify what constitutes cheating, the committee recommends that the College adopt the following definition:
Cheating is committing fraud on a record, report, paper, computer assignment, examination or other work or other course requirement (adapted from Duke Univer-sity).
Examples of cheating include:
The committee said plagiarism is a serious example of cheating that requires additional attention and explanation. It offered the following definition of plagiarism:
Plagiarism is taking someone elses ideas, words or statements or other works as ones own without proper acknowledgment.
Examples of plagiarism include:
When professors allow and encourage collaboration, the committee recommends that instructors ask students to sign an acknowledgment sheet indicating those they worked with and the amount of time that was spent in collaboration.
Faculty also are encouraged to include a statement of integrity in exams.
To improve the judiciary structure and process for handling cases of cheating, the committee recommends LS&A: