"The Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action." http://www.academicintegrity.org/fundamental.asp
"In the case of academic integrity, it is standing up for the values that are fundamental to the academic process, even when it is difficult to do so. In the Committee’s discussions with faculty, students, and administrators, five values emerged as fundamental to the academic process: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Academic integrity, in our view, is the commitment to stand up for these five values, even in the face of adversity. "
From a web site at the University of San Diego, Ethics across the Curriculum - this work is based in part on the ideas of the CAI
Many schools are intent on describing what will happen to someone who violates the Academic Integrity policy, a "crime and punishment approach,"
This inevitably leads to "How do you punish students after they have been caught?" http://chronicle.com/jobs/2002/05/2002051401c.htm
Perhaps a more positive method would be further discussion on what constitutes academic integrity.
Mountain Lakes uses this definition:
"Academic Integrity is our commitment to four fundamental values:
It is a commitment to being 100% honest and responsible in the completion of all academic materials and interactions with the school community. It means supporting the tradition of excellence, involvement, challenge, and inspiration to empower all students to be productive members of society.
Through this commitment, students and faculty will maximize and achieve their fullest potential in the areas of academic excellence and personal character and will follow and be held to the provisions in the MLHS Honor Code."
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hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what
I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."