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Academic dishonesty levels out

February 3, 2017

Academic dishonesty is taken seriously at Monmouth College as it is at every institution. After an unusually high number of incidents were reported in the fall of 2015, reported cases of academic dishonesty in fall of 2016 came out much lower. In fact, reports were below the norm of 35 incidents.

During the fall of 2015 there was a staggering 66 reported cases of academic dishonesty. Ken Cramer, biology professor and Associate Dean of Academic Integrity, explained, “Last year there was a large number of students all involved in one incident.” This gives some insight into the abnormal amount of cases reported during the semester. Following the reports, 6 students were referred to the Admissions and Academic Status Committee (AASC), three of which were sent to an interdisciplinary hearing and, ultimately, dismissed.

Fortunately, academic dishonesty during the fall of 2016 was much lower than last year, hitting right around average with 33 reported incidents. Of the 33 cases, only two students were referred to AASC; none of which were dismissed.

Students who violate academic honesty policies are sent to Dean Cramer, who determines whether or not they should be sent to the Admissions and Academic Status Committee. Consequences can include dismissal; which is a temporary suspension from enrollment, activity restrictions, or permanent expulsion taken on a case-by-case basis.

So, how do students violate academic honesty policies? Many of the reported cases stem from first year students. Cramer explained that the most frequent violation of academic honesty is plagiarism because these students are under educated in the proper why to acknowledge the ideas or words from others.

Cramer suggests a simple solution: get educated. “We are a small college; one of the many reasons you came here was for small class sizes and personal attention from professors. Take the initiative and talk to them! Take your professor a rough draft, or take a draft to the Writing Center for feedback on proper citation as well as other improvements that can be made in your work.”

Students can find help at The Writing Center, located on the third floor of Mellinger Center. Student tutors are available from a variety of disciplines to help with content and technical questions for any assignments. Also located on the third floor are handbooks on citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. These are useful resources all students should take advantage of to avoid the risk of plagiarism.

Miranda Jones
Co-Editor in Chief

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