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Leading Expert On Academic Integrity To Speak At U.Va.

February 12, 2004 --

WHO: Donald L. McCabe, professor of organizational management, Rutgers University

WHAT: Honor Codes & Academic Integrity in the 21st Century Classroom

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Dome Room, Rotunda

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the University of Virginia Faculty Senate and the Honor Committee will sponsor a presentation by Donald L. McCabe from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. McCabe is one the nation’s foremost experts on academic integrity. He will present the results of recent national research on cheating at the college level. In addition, McCabe will discuss the effectiveness of honor systems, the impact of different sanctions, the merits of both student- and administrator-run systems, and the role of students and faculty in promoting academic integrity.

A faculty member in organizational management at Rutgers University, McCabe has surveyed 50,000 students at more than 100 colleges and universities across North America on issues related to academic dishonesty. His research has been widely published in numerous business, education, and sociology journals. McCabe also is the founding president of the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) at Duke University, a consortium of 320 colleges and universities that aims to promote and highlight the importance of academic integrity in higher education.

The Faculty Senate and the Honor Committee have organized the event in an effort to continue discussions within the University community on the unique nature of the Honor System at U.Va. Earlier this year, the Faculty Senate charged its Academic Affairs Committee with examining the role of faculty in the University’s student-run
Honor System.

Recent high-profile cases have motivated a larger discussion about the faculty’s role in the Honor System, raising questions about the potential undue burden placed on faculty in preparation for and during trials, the lack of support for faculty during the process, and moreover, a seeming lack of balance in faculty- versus student-initiated honor cases,” said Pamela Kulbok, associate professor of nursing and co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Kulbok noted that there have been positive strides in both understanding and awareness between faculty and students. “This process has led to an excellent discussion among the Academic Affairs Committee, the Honor Committee, and the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Honor Committee.”

Carey Mignerey, Honor Committee chairman, agrees that the forum is a unique opportunity for students and faculty to learn together about academic integrity and honor systems. “The committee is interested in making the system as effective as possible, a goal the Faculty Senate shares; our mutual interest is academic integrity.” Mignerey also believes the event will encourage students to recognize the importance of honor as a community value and not solely applicable to students. “The Honor System is one of the University’s proudest traditions. Only through constant dialogue among many parts of the University can we live up to the ideal of a true community of trust,” he said.

For information regarding McCabe’s visit, contact Nicole Eramo at (434) 924-7216 or Information about U.Va.’s Faculty Senate may be found at The U.Va. Honor Committee information is available at

Contact: Dave Wolcott, (434) 924-7803

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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