BHSEC’s Academic Integrity, By the Numbers

Oliver Divone, ‘15

For those of you who don’t know, the BHSEC Honor Council is a group of students and teachers that make decisions on matters of academic integrity and discuss how to improve the process.  The purpose of this box is to share announcements, statistics and questions from students.

This month we are making public the results of the recent “Academic Integrity Student Survey” that was handed out in advisory as well as answering some common questions we have received. The percentages refer to the number of students who answered “No” to the questions.

 

2012

2013

Question

55%

71%

In the past year, have you ever violated your academic integrity – cheated during a test, helped somebody else cheat on a test, plagiarized writing, lied to an instructor about an assignment, etc.?

16%

19%

In the past year, have you ever seen or heard of another student violating his or her academic integrity – cheating on a test, plagiarizing, being dishonest to an instructor about an assignment, etc.?

56%

55%

In the past year, have you ever been confused as to whether you need to cite information from a book, article or website that you want to use in your paper?

45%

41%

Do you think that the academic dishonesty of other students (e/g/. cheating or plagiarism) puts you at an academic disadvantage?

29%

30%

Do you think that the academic dishonesty of other students (e.g., cheating or plagiarism) harms the general integrity of Bard High School Early College in any way?

92%

90%

Did you answer any of these questions dishonestly?

 

Next we have some questions asked by students that we hope to answer:

Q: What if a teacher wrongly accuses me of cheating?

A: If you cannot agree on what happened, the Honor Council is always open to sit down with you and your teacher, hear both sides of the story, and come to a decision based on the facts presented.

 

Q: What if turnitin.com says that I have plagiarized someone’s work, even though I haven’t?

A: Teachers will not usually accuse you of plagiarism unless they have looked over your work before hand and have reasonable suspicion that you have in fact been dishonest. Teachers will not only look at the percentage and immediately accuse you of wrong-doing.

 

Q: What if someone cheats off of my quiz or exam without my knowledge?

A: The best way to avoid situations like this is to do your best to keep this from happening. Cover up your work and sit away from other students during test time.

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