Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
January 20, 2004
Plan for Implementation of Proposed Academic Honor System for
Proposed by the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Honor Code
Eric Blazer, Business; Jane Bray, Education; Jill Craven, English;
Jessica George, Library;
Carol Heintzelman, Social Work; Sandra Hoffman,
Education; James Mone, Biology; Elba Rohena, Education; Kathy Schreiber,
The Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Honor Code Committee has proposed the
introduction of an academic honor code system at MU to promote student
learning, attainment of university outcomes, student honesty in endeavors
both at the university and beyond, and the development of student ethics.
The program is detailed more fully in 'The Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Honor
Code Committee Recommendation on the Development of an Honor Code at
Millersville University.' Critical to the early success of such a
system is proper preparation of the student body, faculty and
administration. This document outlines suggestions over a three-year
phase-in period to prepare the campus for full implementation of the
proposed honor system. The intent of the following plan is to educate the
campus on the expectations of the honor system through a variety of fun
and serious activities. Furthermore, the plan is expected to promote
campus engagement in teaching and learning the honor system to enhance its
acceptance and adoption, and ultimately the development of a culture of
Three-Year Phase-in Plan
- Establish faculty membership of the MU Academic Honor Council
prior to the beginning of the year to oversee the phase-in period. The
faculty membership consists of two faculty members from each of the three
schools: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and
Mathematics; and one non-school faculty member (other details of
membership can be found in the MU Honor System Constitution). Students
interested in membership may apply to student senate. Other students may
be added later as the student involvement in the honor system increases.
The council should begin developing training programs for new Academic
Honor Council members.
- Plan and mobilize resources to carry out activities in years two
and three. This will entail writing and printing informational pamphlets
and letters, scheduling speakers, preparing for faculty forum, working
with departments to begin engaging their students in honor activities,
preparing material for student training sessions, securing films needed in
campus movie night series, working with departments teaching required
first-year courses to incorporate ethics discussion/assignments, etc
- Provide faculty and staff forum(s) on the honor code and its
successful implementation in the classroom. All faculty should be provided
with a copy of the Academic Honor Code Constitution and By Laws.
- Begin developing a web site with faculty and student resources.
- Promote the use of the Honor Pledge by faculty on syllabi, exams, and
- Distribute copies of the MU Academic Honor Code and Academic
Honesty Policy to all students.
- Distribute 'The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity.'*
Alternatively, a brochure with similar themes might be developed and
distributed at MU.
*The text was distributed to colleges and universities nationwide in
November of 1999 by the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI), and is
available in bulk at a cost $1.60 per copy. The text defines academic
integrity as a commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust,
fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles
of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to
- Incorporate the message that 'Millersville University is dedicated
to promoting the use of high ethical standards by its students in both
academic and non-academic activities' in MU promotional literature and
acceptance letters. From here on out, send information on the honor system
and its expectations to all incoming students.
- Prepare incoming students for the honor system by discussing
expectations of the honor system and tenets of the Academic Honesty Policy
at freshman orientation. Similarly, a section on ethics and academic
honesty would be appropriate in a freshman-year experience.
- From here on out, encourage faculty to provide education in proper
citation and ethics assignments in common first year courses: speeches in
COMM.100, papers in ENGL.110, and ethical discussions/projects in Wellness
(WELL.175) and Freshman Seminar.
- Provide training sessions by the Academic Honor Council on the
intricacies of proper citation and methods of avoiding academic
- Begin preparing incoming students for the honor system
- 9. Promote departmental activities related to academic honesty.
Contests would begin year 2; awards made year 3. Examples:
- Communications majors develop a promotional video on academic
integrity, perhaps within an existing course. The video is then shown to
- Art majors hold a design contest to create door hangers, signs and/or
posters promoting academic integrity for classrooms, faculty offices,
hallways, Student Memorial Center and other campus buildings (see
Designs chosen for display win an honorary certificate that may be listed in
student resumes. Designs are then made into promotional materials that are
displayed throughout campus.
- Education majors develop lesson plans to teach academic integrity to
high school and elementary school children using creative methods. The
most creative lesson plans in each category win an honorary certificate
that preparing teachers can list in their resumes. Similarly, education
majors might actually teach a class session on academic integrity both in
actual classes and as a demonstration for all students at MU..
- Computer science majors hold a design contest to develop screen savers
and desktop wallpaper with academic honesty themes. The winning designs
will be placed on computers around campus. Designs chosen for display win
an honorary certificate that may be listed in student resumes.
- Create campus movie nights devoted to the topics of ethics and
honor. Wake Forest University had a yearlong film series devoted to the
topic. Titles included: Tokyo Story, The Sweet Hereafter, On
the Water Front, Paths of Glory, Malcolm X, Husbands and Wives, Raise the
Red Lantern, and The Bicycle Thief. Details are available at:
- 11. Form the 'Student Honor Education and Activities Council (SHEAC)'
consisting of students to promote and educate students about academic
honesty at Millersville. Example: Peer educators at Kansas Sate:
- Invite students to join SHEAC.
- Target Fraternities, Sororities, Honors Students, and the honor
societies and professional organizations of various degree programs.
- Members of SHEAC would be required to sign the honor pledge and
participate in educational activities aimed at promoting academic honesty
(training will be provided). Activities might include conducting special
honor-education events and workshops, speaking to student groups,
distributing materials, soliciting student pledges, and taking ethics
courses. Members in violation of the honor code would be heard according
to the new honor system rules.
- Active members of SHEAC would receive recognition upon graduation, a
designation on their transcript, and certificates of commendation from
- In the second year of the program, a residence for SHEAC members and
the organization's activities will be sought.
- Declare a university theme on academic integrity. Post banners
publicizing the event.
- From this year on, require all incoming students to sign the honor
pledge as a condition of acceptance to Millersville University.
- Encourage faculty to discuss the requirements of the honor code
system and how to avoid academic dishonesty in their classrooms.
Alternatively, have a member of SHEAC talk about the honor system in the
course(s). Remind faculty of resources available to them on-line and by
direct contact with the Honor Council. Encourage faculty to use the Honor
Pledge on syllabi, exams, and other assignments.
- Solicit input from SHEAC and other students on honor code
- Hold the first 'MU Week on Ethics' consisting of :
- kick-off--information booth and free gift (e.g., balloons, drinks,
- student/faculty panel discussions on how code works and how
violations of the honor code would be handled,
- mock hearings to illustrate the hearing process,
- student/faculty rally: stories are shared about honorable deeds of
others or themselves that have made a difference (light refreshments
- random acts of kindness: students caught doing honorable/kind
deeds by a secret group of students/faculty (or reports to this group) are
recognized and given a certificate of commendation (or some other reward).
Names are read off on the Friday of the Ethics Week.
- dart booth with balloons showing names of individuals and
corporations found guilty of dishonorable behavior. Three pops wins a
- Present student awards for best designs for honor code promotional
- Continue with training sessions on proper citation and avoiding
- Encourage a sorority/fraternity to hold a rally whereby students
sign a pledge to honorable work and academic excellence (maybe by making a
time commitment for their academic work). Each pledge earns money that can
be donated to a charity of choice of the sorority/fraternity (a maximum
donation may be specified).
- Invite a nationally respected figure (e.g., sports, business) to
speak at campus on the merits of honesty and honorable living. Additional
or alternative figures include a past graduate of an honor code school,
and /or alumni who have highly visible positions in their careers.
- Require all students who have not already done so to sign the honor
- Fully implement the MU Honor System.
- Continue with education efforts: web resources, educational
mini-workshops, peer presentations on academic integrity in sororities,
fraternities, and in the classroom.
- Continue with first-year education efforts in freshman
- Report efforts and success of the Academic Honor Council to
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