Ramtegrity Week 2017 kicks off Oct. 16

Rams respect the CSU honor pledge

Oct. 16 marks the beginning of Academic Integrity Week 2017, or “Ramtegrity Week,” at Colorado State University. Each day of the week, The Institute for Teaching and Learning is releasing new information about what integrity looks like on the CSU campus.

“Ramtegrity is our attempt to encourage CSU students to think of integrity as an essential part of their identity as a Ram,” said Joseph F. Brown, program director for academic integrity at TILT.

Over the course of the week, CSU Integrity postings and events will explore the five principles of Ramtegrity, and both students and faculty will be asked to reflect on these characteristics in their work at Colorado State.

A Ram:

  • Does honest work EVERY time.
  • Interacts boldly AND ethically with the ideas of others.
  • Chooses integrity even under challenging circumstances
  • Understands that academic integrity isn’t a technical problem, but that ethical citation and documentation STARTS with the desire to do the right thing.
  • Encourages others to make the right decision and models integrity for fellow students.

Variety of formats

Brown and his team have put together content in a variety of formats to reach as many members of the Ram Family as possible – videos, blogs, podcasts and posts – on different social media platforms; #RamtegrityWeek2017. This allows anyone to access Ramtegrity Week content, such as an interview with plagiarism expert Jonathan Bailey conducted by TILT Tutors Kate Bates and Alexis Cannella, at any time.

“We have traditional resources alongside creative, media projects featuring CSU students and experts in the field,” said Brown, who also serves as hearing officer for the Student Resolution Center, which rules on cases of academic misconduct. “Along with our partners ASCSU and KCSU, we will be hosting an Honor Pledge signing event Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the LSC Plaza.”

Brown will be leading the Academic Success workshops at the TILT building on the Oval on the subject of academic integrity during the week: Tuesday at 4 p.m., Wednesday at 5 p.m., and Thursday at 6 p.m.

He also writes a blog devoted to academic integrity, Honest Work, at csuintegrity.com.

“I hope to share what I’m seeing from my point of view as the person charged by a modern, large land-grant university to promote this concept on campus and as the person who is asked to decide cases when students make poor decisions and don’t do their own work,” he wrote. “My hope is that these reflections will help contribute to solving the issue and encouraging a lasting ideal of integrity.”

Questions? Contact Brown at Joe.Brown@colostate.edu, or 491-2898.