Committee on Intellectual Integrity
Minutes of October 28, 2009

Present: Bozak, Evaneski, Garii, Knowles, Hemphill, LeBlanc, Nichols, Pretzat, Pritting

* Our initial discussion related to the invitation to the community to contribute personal statements of integrity. A draft had been distributed. We would like to include an example of a personal statement, to set the tone. We could then distribute the invitation widely, perhaps through the Oswegonian as a way to reach students. We should remember to target honors students. Perhaps we want to send it first to a smaller, targeted list to see what we get back - to ensure folks are interpreting the invitation as we intended? Perhaps we can send information to each department and ask the chair to "nominate" ("delegate", "invite") someone in the department to respond

* We then turned to the memo to deans/chairs regarding the summary of violations report and the uneven reporting of incidents of misconduct across the campus. We need to rewrite the memo, perhaps starting with an example of the problem that arises when misconduct is not reported. This will enable us to emphasize our concern - students involved in multiple instances of, say, plagiarism are potentially treated differently in each instance. What message does that send?

We need to emphasize that our policy exists to protect the rights of members of our community, that we are handicapped in being able to intervene in an educational manner misconduct is not reported. While it may be the case that (some?) faculty believe that reporting misconduct will lead to future demands on their time, it really effectively ends their involvement. We need to clarify this for faculty.

Bozak will rewrite both memos and forward them to the mailing list for comments/edits before distributing them.

Respectfully submitted,

-David Bozak

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