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October Meeting Set in Charlottesville
Duke And U.Va. To Bring Together Scholars, Students And University Leaders For Discussion Of Academic Integrity

August 29, 2002-- Will a business student who cuts and pastes material from an Internet paper mill one day become a corrupt CEO who cooks his company’s books?

Or will a group of biology students who fabricate data in the lab later fudge their results when trying to get a drug to market?

These types of ethical dilemmas -- and possible ways to stave them off, such as strengthening university honor codes -- will be among the many academic integrity issues to be examined during a three-day conference in early October at the University of Virginia.

The conference, sponsored by the Center for Academic Integrity based at Duke University, will involve noted scholars, student affairs administrators and other university officials from across the country. Mike Adams, a former Kansas City, Kan., high school principal who resigned when the school board did not support a teacher’s decision to hold 28 students accountable for plagiarism, will deliver the conference’s opening address at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Fabricating data in research with live patients, embezzlement, lying, cheating and stealing, insider trading and countless other recent examples of widespread failures in integrity plague our society today,” said Diane Waryold, CAI’s executive director. “So when students collaborate with fellow classmates on an assignment when they’re not authorized to do so, the question then becomes, ‘Do you believe that these behaviors can transform into real-world behaviors?’ A conference to examine these types of issues could not come at a more appropriate time.”

The conference, titled “Integrity: A Timeless Ethical Principle for the Contemporary Academy,” runs from Oct. 4-6 and is open to the public. The conference is being co-sponsored by the University of Virginia, whose honor system surrvived a tremendous challenge as a result of last year’s incidents of computer cheating.

A complete schedule and registration information can be found at http://www.academicintegrity.org/2002_Conference/schedule.asp. More information about the CAI, which is affiliated with Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, can be found at http://www.academicintegrity.org/.

Contacts: Keith Lawrene, Duke, (919) 681-8059 or Nicole Eramo, U.Va. (434) 924-7216

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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