When students return to classes in the College of Business and Economic
Development at The University of Southern Mississippi this fall,
they'll be subject to a new academic integrity policy recently adopted
by the faculty.
assure honesty in all classroom activities and research, the policy
"recognizes that honesty and integrity are fundamental expectations
in the academic and business community" and will be adhered
to by all CBED administrators, faculty and students.
this policy is a crucial component in the foundation that we are
trying to build for students as they prepare for careers in the
business world," said Harold Doty, dean of the college. "The
policy sets a clear standard for behavior in the academic setting.
But beyond that, students need to understand the importance of integrity
in the business world as well. Recent corporate debacles illustrate
what happens when integrity lapses."
outlines responsibilities for faculty, administrators and students,
the reporting of violations and procedures for responding to violations.
the college's Academic Conduct Committee have worked since last
September researching and putting the policy together, said chair
Dr. Laurie Babin, professor of marketing. "I think having this
policy in place sends the message that we don't accept cheating
in the CBED."
Dr. Bill Smith,
director of CBED graduate programs agrees. "Today's business
world has a new, improved definition of character, integrity and
ethics. It is important that the students we send to the business
world recognize and subscribe to the highest code of professional
responsibility. While we have always practiced academic integrity
on an individual basis, for ourselves and our classrooms, this new
policy lays our standards out in the open where all good professional
will be required to inform students of the policy in each class
at the beginning of the semester. Students must sign a form that
will be kept on file stating that they understand and agree to comply
with the policy.
to reporting incidents of cheating, faculty members also are responsible
for specifying permissible and impermissible conduct for classroom
activities, fair treatment of students and proper crediting of students'
work. According to the policy, violations of academic integrity
may occur when there is "unauthorized and inappropriate behavior
as defined by the instructor," and it acknowledges that academic
dishonesty can take many forms. The policy outlines areas of course
work preparation, exam behavior, communications, use of university
libraries and materials, and use of computer facilities.
may be handled in a number of ways including counseling the student,
requiring other work or seeking college-level penalties that may
include a letter of reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion
from the college.
and integrity codes are appropriate in academic institutions,"
said Dr. Eddie Holloway, Southern Miss dean of students. "Hopefully,
the College of Business and Economic Development's adoption of this
code will serve as a first step in the creation of a campus-wide
honor code and academic/integrity policy. Codes establish expectations
of academic performance and behavioral standards for students, faculty
and staff. They can also set 'ground rules' for common agreements
for student life."
The CBED policy
does not interfere with the university-level policy already in place,
but, says Babin, will work in conjunction with it. The college's
Academic Conduct Committee will oversee the implementation of the
policy and all hearings that may result from the reporting of infractions.
It will comprise four faculty representatives, one from each of
the four CBED academic units, plus one undergraduate student and
one graduate student.