Is it okay to fail on purpose?

An interesting thing is happening to America’s pastime. Instead of spending money on acquiring the best players this offseason, up to one-third of Major League Baseball teams are, instead, choosing to (for the lack of a more accurate term) stink in 2018. It’s complicated. In short, they’re doing this on purpose as part of a…

When We Don’t Report Misconduct

Many of us have experienced the following situation. A student is in your office because he or she has plagiarized or cheated. The student may be crying or angry, and you’re trying to express your expectations and yourself clearly. Let’s be honest: it’s uncomfortable. You want to hold the student accountable. After all, they’ve cheated…

Creating an Environment for Academic Integrity

We all make a point of communicating our expectations about academic integrity in the first weeks. Many of us have a pre-packaged talk we give students as part of our “Syllabus Day” activities. What, if anything, do you do after, when the later weeks of the semester unfold? With so much to do in a…

When No-One is Looking

 Earlier this month, a group of students asked me an important question about online quizzes. “How will my professor know if I’m using my book and notes during an online quiz I complete at home?” they asked. “It doesn’t matter,” I said, “she asked you not to use them.” Some scoffed. Others looked frustrated. I…

3 Takeaways from The Power of Ethical Management

One of the books I like to assign when students get caught cheating is Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Peale’s The Power of Ethical Management. It is succinct and practical. Its opening section begins with an anecdote by one of the authors in which he is faced with an ethical dilemma and seeks out advice from…

Why We Lie

A recent article in National Geographic (sometimes behind a pay wall, sometimes not) takes a look at some interesting new research across disciplines on lying: why we do it, why it was important to learn how in the first place, how the brains of frequent liars are different, and why refuting that patently false story…

The Next Right Thing

This week, I ran across this remarkable column by Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He writes about the personal struggles of the Atlanta Falcons’ new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian, who is an admitted alcoholic, has seen his life come full circle since being terminated from his position as the head football coach at…

How to Stop Students from Selling Your Lecture Notes Online.

Every semester I hear from faculty members who are upset that students in their courses are badgering others (via Canvas) to purchase class notes on a third-party site. Usually, they claim that they have University approval. That’s not true. Selling notes for a third-party site and using Canvas to advertise violates a handful of university policies…

Lead with Integrity

It’s the last day of Ramtegrity Week and in the five days we’ve been talking about integrity on campus, we’ve seen a lot of great examples of our students and faculty leading by modeling integrity and talking about its importance. Unfortunately, in the same five days, we have seen multiple examples of public figures and…

Knowing the Code

When I taught at an alternative school in Atlanta, I heard just about every conceivable excuse for bad behavior. These were students who were sent to our school because of drugs, fighting, or equally worrisome offenses. It was my first year teaching full time, so I was still learning how to respond to them in…

Integrity is a (Hard) Choice

Today, we’re focusing on all of the decisions we make that add up to something larger. For years, the Academic Integrity Program has talked to students about thinking of integrity as a choice. What does that really mean, though? When a student is accused of academic misconduct, we have a process that they must go…

Honor the Pledge

Today, we’re excited to partner with ASCSU to focus on the CSU Student Honor Pledge. The Honor Pledge was developed a few years ago in a collaboration that united ASCSU, Faculty Council, and the Academic Integrity Program. Every semester, students are asked to begin their courses by signing the pledge and it has become an essential…