The first annual Academic Integrity Week is scheduled for September 10-14, 2012. This event promotes conducting research, writing, and teaching with integrity and honesty. Sessions continuing throughout the week include panel discussions and brown bag sessions on topics such as what to do when academic dishonesty is suspected, the ethics of conducting research on humans, and avoiding plagiarism in writing.
Academic Integrity Week is co-sponsored by Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Research and Economic Development, and the Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel E. Wueste, director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research interests are in legal philosophy and practical and professional ethics.
Wueste’s work has appeared in various journals including Cornell Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Teaching Ethics, Professional Ethics, and Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. He is the author of the chapter on professional ethics in The Biomedical Engineering Handbook (2nd edition), the chapter on biomedical ethics in The Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and the editor of Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994).
He is a Senior Fellow and ex officio member of the Advisory Council of the International Center for Academic Integrity, formerly at Duke University, which now resides in the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Educational Integrity, the journal of the Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity. Wueste is serving his second term as president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.
Monday, September 10
Ethical Dilemmas in Academic Integrity
Steve Swartzer, Center for the Teaching & Study of Applied Ethics
In this session, we will navigate some of the complexities of academic integrity, with an emphasis on integrity as it pertains to graduate education. We will discuss realistic scenarios that highlight some ambiguities in academic integrity and different ways of approaching these ethical dilemmas. We will also talk about how all of us can help promote and maintain a culture of ethics at UNL and elsewhere.
If you would like a lunch provided, free of charge, please RSVP to Steven Swartzer at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday, September 4. Or, if you would like to bring your own lunch, please feel free to just show up!
Integrity in the Job Search
Rebecca Faber & Kelli Smith, Career Services
The UNL Student Code of Conduct states: The maintenance of academic honesty and integrity is a vital concern of the University community. Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty shall be subject to both academic and disciplinary sanctions. Students will have the opportunity to see what the University defines as academic dishonesty as well as a discussion of how these issues can be confronted in their own academic experience.
In addition, issues surrounding ethics in the corporate/industry job search will be presented. A case study will be shared and discussed.
Tuesday, September 11
Understanding Plagiarism: Writing Should be about Learning
Kate Kostelnik & Kelly Meyer, Writing Center
This brown bag discussion, led by graduate students from the university Writing Center, will engage in a discussion about the balancing act of representing the ideas and work of others with our own original work. Panelists will share their own experiences as researchers and teachers, and look forward to answering questions and probing issues around academic integrity with participants.
Women’s Center, 340 NE Union
Gender and Campus Climate: Your Rights and Responsibilities
Linda Crump, Equity, Access & Diversity Programs & Jan Deeds, Women & Gender Programs
Creating a welcoming climate at UNL is everyone’s responsibility. Graduate students in classrooms, laboratories, student organizations and other settings often have the opportunity to address gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Learn how to recognize, respond and use campus resources to help all students have successful, positive experiences.
Wednesday, September 12
210 Alexander West
Research Responsibility, How Does it Affect Me?
Becky Freeman, Research Responsibility
Research responsibility affects students in multiple ways. Case studies will be presented to discuss situations affecting students either in their student role or in the role of a researcher/research staff. Join us as the mystery of research responsibility (IRB, conflict of interest, responsible conduct of research, export controls and research misconduct) is unraveled.
But I Didn’t Know: Tips for Maintaining Academic Integrity
Andre Fortune, Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a brownbag discussion about maintaining academic integrity. Participants are invited to share what they have learned about recycling your own work to using technology to avoid plagiarism to what they did not know was academic dishonesty. Attend this session to learn and share!
Integrity and the Academic Enterprise
Dr. Daniel Wueste, Clemson University
Nurturing and sustaining a culture of integrity isn’t easy. The obstacles we confront in higher education include the mistaken but familiar idea that cheating is a “victimless crime,” and what is commonly called “compliance mentality.” We will discuss strategies for overcoming these obstacles and, with an eye to achieving “stakeholder buy-in,” how to achieve a richer understanding of academic integrity (what it is and why it matters) than is commonly found on college campuses.
Thursday, September 13
Teaching Integrity: How to Foster Responsibility, Personal Development, and Learning in the Classroom
Elizabeth Edwards, Office of Graduate Studies
Don’t wait to talk about Academic Integrity until you’ve discovered a student has cheated on a test or plagiarized in an essay. By establishing integrity in the classroom and actively promote a community oflearning, you can help prevent academic dishonesty before it happens. In this one-hour workshop, learn about students’ motivations to cheat, and find out how to structure assignments to foster individual responsibility and learning.
110 Love Library South
Intellectual Property: Facts and Myths
Paul Royster, University Libraries & Derek Krissoff, University of Nebraska Press
Intellectual property: what is it, who owns it, and what can you do with it? The Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the UNL Libraries and the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Nebraska Press discuss the value, the uses, and abuses of property created ex nihilo that can become “a gift that keeps on giving.”
Why Academic Integrity Matters
Faculty panel discussion
Academic integrity plays a major role in your work as a undergraduate student, graduate student, and faculty member here at the university. Faculty panelists from a number of disciplines will reflect on what academic integrity means to them in their specific fields and its wider implications for their lives at the university. Come join the discussion.
Friday, September 14
LGBTQA Resource Center, 346 NE Union
About LGBTQA and Academic Integrity: The Personal and the Professional
Graduate Student Panel
The panel will address the question of maintaining integrity as a graduate student concerning sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The discussion will cover topics related to research such as appropriate language, inclusiveness in research when discussing sexuality and gender identity (including allies), and diversity of sources. As well as how to approach and utilize research, which can be the difference between a well-rounded or limited argument. Being out/living openly will also be discussed, including how to function with integrity when identified as LGBTQA and how success in graduate school is impacted when it’s not safe to be out.