AN ELABORATION Egregious Honor Code Violations 11% of Caltech students have admitted to serious cheating. Violations Committed Times Committed TOTAL: 103 123 to 5>5Subtotal Copying another student's work1246224 Improper use of a solution set2044432 Helped someone else violate Honor CodeN/A 34 Copying verbatim from a source w/o citing11103 Collaborating against class policy402410
AN ELABORATION Egregious Honor Code Violations The director of the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) at Duke University conducted a nationwide survey of 31 academic institutions in 1991 and again in 1996.
AN ELABORATION Egregious Honor Code Violations 54% of students at comparable schools admitted to serious cheating. McCabe and Trevino, 2001
AN ELABORATION Egregious Honor Code Violations The CAI later conducted a nationwide survey of nearly 50,000 students at over 60 campuses in 2002. CaltechNational Admitted to Serious Cheating Admitted to Some Cheating 11%54% 28%70%
GENERAL TRENDS 1. Students believe the Honor Code is generally effective 2. Seniors stand out 3. There is no significant difference between on and off-campus groups 4. Students want more transparency for the BoC and CRC 5. Students want more faculty involvement on the BoC and less administrative involvement on the CRC 6. Students want more accountability for the BoC and CRC 7. The majority of students feel that collaboration policies are unclear
RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Publish anonymous BoC and CRC statistics. i. Number of cases, convictions, and dismissals ii. Types of decisions made iii. Types of violations committed iv. Correlation between ii and iii A. Case Data B. Defendant Data C. Who Reports Cases? i. Number of convicted freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Publish anonymous BoC and CRC statistics. Data will be regularly posted: In the Tech In the GSC Newsletter In the Honor Code Handbook Online Site will be restricted to Caltech IPs Data will be part of a larger archive of Honor Code statistics
RECOMMENDATIONS 2. Create a centralized Honor Code website linked to the Caltech homepage.
RECOMMENDATIONS 2. Create a centralized Honor Code website linked to the Caltech homepage. Website will include: 1. Form for reporting cases 6. Honor Code education presentations (i.e., frosh camp talks) 2. Archive of all Honor Code statistics Past survey data BoC and CRC stats Comparative data from other schools 3. Index of collaboration policies by division 4. Outline of BoC and CRC procedures 5. Sample BoC and CRC cases 7. Minutes from Honor Code committee meetings 8. Description of ongoing projects 9. FAQs for defendants, witnesses, professors, and TAs 10. Contact information
RECOMMENDATIONS 3. Appoint a faculty Honor Code representative in each division. The Division HC Representative would: Introduce new and visiting faculty to the Honor Code Large divisions (i.e., E&AS) will have to work with the BoC and CRC to appoint multiple faculty HC reps. Advise other faculty members in the division on what to do when an undergraduate or graduate Honor Code violation is suspected Work with students to develop consistent and effective Honor Code policies within their division Act as expert witnesses for BoC cases
RECOMMENDATIONS 4. Universalize collaboration policies within divisions. Create a policy template within each division Combination of checklist and paragraph forms Make sure every Caltech class has a collaboration policy Publish all policies online
RECOMMENDATIONS 5. Move House Honor Code talks from 1 st term to 3 rd term. Current Honor Code education for entering freshmen: 1.Summer: HC Handbook issued along with placement exams 2.Upon Arrival at Caltech: 1 hour faculty lecture on the Honor Code 3.Frosh Camp: 2 hour Honor Code presentation by student leaders 4.First Week of 1 st Term: 1 hour House BoC talk by BoC rep Freshmen are formally exposed to the Honor Code 4 times before the second week of their first term, and never again afterward.
RECOMMENDATIONS 5. Move House Honor Code talks from 1 st term to 3 rd term. Proposed New Honor Code education for entering freshmen: 1.Summer: HC Handbook issued along with placement exams 2.Upon Arrival at Caltech: 1 hour faculty lecture on the Honor Code 3.Frosh Camp: 2 hour Honor Code presentation by student leaders 4. 1st Week of Third Term: 1 hour House BoC talk by BoC rep Upperclassmen will be able to attend as well as freshmen
RECOMMENDATIONS How do we get there? Who will be responsible?
RECOMMENDATIONS 6. Restructure the leadership of the ASCIT BoD, the BoC, and CRC. Current structure: Proposed New Structure: BoC Student Chair = ASCIT VP BoD: BoC: CRC: Student Chair + Student Secretary Faculty Co-Chair + Student Co-Chair Honor Chair (ASCIT VP) Student Chair + Student Co-Chair Faculty Co-Chair + Student Co-Chair ?
RECOMMENDATIONS 6. Restructure the leadership of the ASCIT BoD, the BoC, and CRC. Responsibilities of the Honor Chair: Handle BoC and CRC defendant appeals Sit on the Routing Committee and the ASCIT BoD Take care of freshman, international student, TA, RA, faculty, and admin Honor Code education Compile and publish Honor Code statistics Publicize BoC and CRC procedures Represents the undergraduates in all Honor Code-related matters
RECOMMENDATIONS 6. Restructure the leadership of the ASCIT BoD, the BoC, and CRC. These proposed changes affect 3 separate articles of the ASCIT bylaws (Articles 4, 7, and 16). 3 separate votes from the student body are required Gives opportunity to clarify CRC bylaws
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION I. Other Campus Groups and the Honor Code Graduate students and the GRB Faculty perception of the undergraduates Faculty’s role and participation in the Honor System II. The Scope of the Honor Code Overemphasis on academics?