Academic integrity is for everyone

Honesty is the best policy – and can win you lunch with Tony Frank.

Colorado State University wants all students to understand their scholarly responsibilities to practice honest, original writing and to credit information sources properly. While the University’s expectations are detailed in the CSU student conduct code – and the consequences can range from reduced grades to suspension – each year The Institute for Learning and Teaching offers the opportunity to understand what academic misconduct is, and more importantly, how to avoid it.

This year’s theme for Academic Integrity Week, Oct. 6-9, is “Choose Integrity.” Workshops will be held and offer something for everyone – literally. The week kicks off on Monday, Oct. 6, with workshops on understanding college expectations for citing sources for new students, plagiarism considerations for graduate students, and avoiding unintentional plagiarism for international students.

“You Made a Mistake: Now What?” will be offered throughout the week, co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry, the Real Program and SLiCE.

“People ask if CSU started Academic Integrity Week as the result of some big cheating scandal, but that’s not the case,” said Elaine Green, director of academic integrity. “We’ve been doing this for several years, to be proactive and give our students the tools they need to be successful, at CSU and beyond.”

Habit of integrity

Developing the habit of academic integrity can have long-lasting effects. Research shows students’ academic integrity is associated with their future business integrity. The College of Business will explore this concept during its Oct. 8 presentation, which will look at your personal likelihood of making unethical decisions in various situations. Lunch will be provided during the hour-long noon seminar.

Oct. 8 is College Day during Academic Integrity Week, and programs are also offered in the departments of Health and Human Sciences, Design and Merchandising, and the College of Engineering as well as Business.

Perhaps the most challenging thing for students is writing papers in a timely fashion. Citing sources and bibliographies can be time-consuming, and many students lack the knowledge or experience to do it correctly. Learn how to “Cite. Sources. Fast.” on Thursday, Oct. 9, at noon in the Morgan Library, Room CC 173.

And what about that lunch with Tony Frank? Every seminar you attend during Academic Integrity Week earns you and a friend a chance to win one-on-one time with the CSU president and ASCSU President Sam Guinn. Turn your entries into the TILT Building concierge desk by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; need not be present to win.

For a complete schedule for Academic Integrity Week and more information visit the TILT website.

The site also includes links for faculty who suspect students of cheating and a list of academic integrity resources.