Academic Integrity Week set for April 23-27

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Integrity (OUAI) is proud to announce Virginia Tech’s first Academic Integrity Week, which will take place April 23-27. Departments and organizations from across campus will host a variety of events including movies, interactive displays and information booths, and workshops.

 

“This interdisciplinary partnership will allow the university to focus on fostering the values of academic honesty, integrity, ethics, and honor,” said James Orr, assistant provost for academic strategy and policy.

 

The OUAI, in partnership with the Department of Communication, Student Athlete Academic Support Services, Greek Life and the Corps of Cadets, will begin the week by hosting a movie night featuring the film “Shattered Glass.” The film follows the true-story career rise and fall of a journalist who falsified portions of his work.

 

Through its Honor Code, Virginia Tech embodies a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is central to the very nature of the university, and represents the highest possible expression of shared values among the members of the campus community. Academic Integrity Week events are designed to aid students and faculty in this ongoing quest to excel with integrity.

 

“Academic Integrity Week is an exciting opportunity for the university to educate a greater number of students on academic honesty is something that I am honored to be a part of,” explains Morgan Davenport, Honor Council president. “This week’s cross-campus collaboration will allow for the continued promotion of academic integrity at Virginia Tech.”

 

The schedule and agenda for Academic Integrity Week is as follows:

 

April 23

 

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Squires Student Center (Colonial Hall)

 

  • Kick-Off Event Movie Night- “Shattered Glass”
    • Taking place in Washington D.C. in the late ‘90’s, this film portrays the true story of a young journalist who skyrockets to fame by writing highly praised and entertaining news articles. The movie later reveals that more than half of his news articles were falsified. This revelation causes the demise of his career, upheaval and the loss of his colleagues at “The New Republic.” A certified “fresh” film, Shattered Glass demonstrates the importance of completing honest work and abiding by professional Codes of Conduct. Be sure to watch this must-see movie!
    • Sponsored by OUAI; Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication, Student Athlete Academic Support Services, Greek Life and the Corps of Cadets

 

April 24

 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Drillfield

 

  • Your Honor. Your System.
    • Honor Council Delegates will host an interactive informational booth on the Drillfield.

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Newman Library 207A

 

  • Using Citation Managers to Help Manage and Cite References
    • Citation managers can help students organize and accurately cite sources, helping to reduce the risk of accidental plagiarism. This workshop will provide a brief overview of three different citation managers (EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero) and the basics of using them to cite references. A brief overview of the difference between summary, paraphrase, and quotation will also be covered. Students will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of these three tools and will know about resources they can use to further their understanding.
    • Sponsored by University Libraries

 

April 25

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Torgersen 1100

 

  • Faculty Workshop- “Preventing Dishonesty in Distance Education”: It is particularly difficult for instructors to identify and prevent academic misconduct in online courses. This workshop will explain the best practices and tactics that can be utilized to prevent academic misconduct.
    • Sponsored by OUAI
    • Co-hosted by NLI and TLOS

 

April 26

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Newman Library 207A

 

  • Let’s Talk about the Ethics of “Open” in Science
    • We are at a land-grant university. As we work here, what does that mean for us? What are our responsibilities to the land-grant mission and to science as a whole? This workshop will seek to answer these questions through discussions of intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism, and what “open” means in the sciences (and humanities folks are welcome!).
    • Sponsored by University Libraries

 

April 27

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Smith Career Center – Room A

 

  • “LinkedIn Lab Workshop”: Students will learn how to use LinkedIn to accurately and ethically represent their education, experiences, and skills to maximize networking and the job search process.
    • Sponsored by Career and Professional Development

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lane Stadium West Side Room 309

 

  • “Academic Misconduct and the NCAA”: This educational workshop for tutors and mentors in Student-Athlete Academic Support Services will explore the NCAA bylaws regarding academic misconduct.  Topics will include the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honor Code, specific NCAA bylaws, NCAA’s involvement in academic misconduct cases, academic misconduct cases that have occurred at other institutions, and what we can do to prevent academic misconduct.
    • Sponsored by Virginia Tech Student Athlete Academic Support Services

 

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Integrity at 540-231-9876 or honorsys@vt.edu.