Present: Bozak, Chambers, Coultrap-McQUin, Jalife, Kay, Murphy, Santos,
* Bozak distributed information on the recent Josephson Institute Survey of
high school students, demonstrating that we are not working with "blank
slates" when students come to us. They come to us already conflicted,
highly valuing honesty and integrity yet admitting to significant levels of
cheating, theft, and lying. The survey's complete results should be available
sometime this week, CHARACTER COUNTS! week. The Josephson Institute can be
found at http://www.josephsoninstitute.org/
* Our survey is running out of steam. We have better than 35% faculty
response rate and a student response rate under 13%. We'll call it quits at the
end of the day on Friday.
* Provost Coultrap-McQuin was our guest. We reviewed our work to date. She
encouraged us to create professional development opportunities, continue our
focus on education rather than punishment, simplifying the processes we
currently have in place is valuable, ensuring that interactions continue to be
positive and educational rather than confrontational, and to look towards
training for faculty, including adjuncts. In addition to any open forums we
might host she encouraged us to make ourselves available to departments or
clusters of departments (all of Mahar Hall faculty, for example) to talk about
our work, the campus policy, and gather feedback.
* Our thrust this year (though not our exclusive concern) is for faculty
development, with our shift of emphasis next year to student development.
* The Provost will take our Sanctions Guidelines to Provost Council, perhaps
as early as next week.
* We next continued our discussion of a form notification letter, based on
the most recent document written by Jean Chambers. Part of our discussion
distinguished cheating episodes (in class exam woes, for example) as needing a
different mechanism than submitted papers. We also want to provide some
specific advice to faculty over what to do when the problem is with a final
paper and the student is no longer on campus.
* Other advice to faculty might include how students cheat, how to proctor
exams to minimize cheating or how to confront cheating happening in large class
* Jean will take our comments and send out another version of the form
letter. We will continue with this at our next meeting (November 1).