Proposal Title

Academic Integrity and Inclusion: Are we Applying Standards Equitably?

Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

Alternative Presentation Type:

reg_presentation

Location

OM 3772

Start Date

19-2-2018 10:35 AM

End Date

19-2-2018 11:15 AM

Proposal Abstract

Academic Integrity issues are of widespread interest and concern on campus. But in addressing these concerns, and in teaching and building a community of ethical scholarly practice among students, it is important to ensure that policy is being applied in fair and equitable ways. Our approach is not equitable when students come to TRU with varying backgrounds, experiences with, and prior knowledge of integrity issues, and we threaten penalty without providing instruction. Nor is it equitable if we don’t acknowledge or address how different cultures in general, and academic cultures more specifically, influence students’ perspectives and practices. In this session, presenters will speak to how culture impacts student understanding of Canadian academic integrity expectations, and whether we need to rethink our assumptions that everyone should simply “know the rules.” We’ll examine how plagiarism tends to be easier to spot when it’s an ESAL student committing the act, even though research on self-reported plagiarism suggests that a lot more students are engaging in dishonest behaviors than are being caught, and we’ll open the conversation to discuss how faculty might address this discrepancy in their own assignments and grading. Academic Integrity Committee members will provide suggestions for how to detect and document instances of plagiarism, as well as how to be intentionally inclusive when working through the process of reporting policy violations. Participants will be able to ask questions and share their own experiences and best practices related to fair and inclusive application of the TRU integrity policy.

Technical Requirements:

Just a computer and projector

Statement

Academic Integrity goes beyond following rules under threat of penalty. Faculty must level the playing field for students from diverse cultures and backgrounds, studying in diverse programs, so that the rules are applied with equity. Only then can we create an inclusive community of scholars engaging in ethical academic practices.

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Feb 19th, 10:35 AM Feb 19th, 11:15 AM

Academic Integrity and Inclusion: Are we Applying Standards Equitably?

OM 3772

Academic Integrity issues are of widespread interest and concern on campus. But in addressing these concerns, and in teaching and building a community of ethical scholarly practice among students, it is important to ensure that policy is being applied in fair and equitable ways. Our approach is not equitable when students come to TRU with varying backgrounds, experiences with, and prior knowledge of integrity issues, and we threaten penalty without providing instruction. Nor is it equitable if we don’t acknowledge or address how different cultures in general, and academic cultures more specifically, influence students’ perspectives and practices. In this session, presenters will speak to how culture impacts student understanding of Canadian academic integrity expectations, and whether we need to rethink our assumptions that everyone should simply “know the rules.” We’ll examine how plagiarism tends to be easier to spot when it’s an ESAL student committing the act, even though research on self-reported plagiarism suggests that a lot more students are engaging in dishonest behaviors than are being caught, and we’ll open the conversation to discuss how faculty might address this discrepancy in their own assignments and grading. Academic Integrity Committee members will provide suggestions for how to detect and document instances of plagiarism, as well as how to be intentionally inclusive when working through the process of reporting policy violations. Participants will be able to ask questions and share their own experiences and best practices related to fair and inclusive application of the TRU integrity policy.