Academic Integrity at Samford

Academic Integrity Campaign

During the Spring 2011 semester, the Mann Center conducted research on academic integrity at Samford. Research was conducted in conjunction with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), using a well-validated instrument that has been used for more than 20 years at over 200 institutions of higher education.

Highlights

Academic dishonesty is about as prevalent at Samford as at other institutions nationally.

There is great disparity between student and faculty definitions of cheating.

There is no single recognized source of information on academic integrity at Samford.

Samford students are unlikely to take any action when they witness cheating. 

Mann Center Initiatives

Given these findings, the Mann Center is promoting dialogue on academic integrity across campus with faculty, students, and administrators. Initiatives include:

An online academic integrity resource center, with helpful materials for studentsfaculty, and parents.

Appointment of a student advisory board to further identify opportunities for student-focused programming and resources.

Conversations with faculty and students across campus. On October 6th, 2011, 150 students participated in a panel discussion titled Courageous Conversations: Cheating at Samford. On September 20th, 2012 and September 26th, 2013, freshmen attended Courageous Conversations: When Winning is Losing, an annual conversation led entirely by upperclassmen. Discussions with faculty in Samford's eight schools are ongoing.

Development of resources for instructors of freshman classes, and advice and resources for the University Senate Committee on Academic Integrity.

Ongoing collaboration with ICAI to identify best practices at other institutions, develop a Southeastern regional academic integrity consortium and facilitate a 2013 regional conference at Samford. Additionally, Mann Center program manager Azalea Hulbert presented at the 2013 ICAI conference in San Antonio, sharing insights into the center's work to date.

Production of Samford-specific videos on issues related to academic integrity, and creation of an ad campaign to raise student awareness.

Contacts

Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Director

205.726.4362

dnabers@samford.edu

Brooks Hall, 227A


Mitzi Lafferty

Administrative Assistant

205.726.4366

mlaffert@samford.edu

Brooks Hall, 227

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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Azalea Hulbert, Program Manager