The UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity sets forth the standards of academic integrity for students at the University, and it describes attendant faculty responsibilities. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois recently approved several changes to the Academic Integrity Code.
These changes resulted from the alteration in the makeup of the University, input from members of the Academic Integrity Board (AIB), the number of cases being heard and recommendations by legal and senior staff.
According to AIB Chair Richard Lejk, a faculty member in the College of Computing and Informatics, with the addition of various programs, students now have academic exercises that are not related directly to a course. However, it was determined that violations were being committed in these activities and were not covered specifically by the Academic Integrity Code, which directly connects penalties to specific courses. Thus, the chancellor approved broadening the code to include these non-course specific exercises, such as the preparation of materials submitted as part of a program or degree requirement.
Other changes included enhancing the definition of “academic community” to include staff personnel, expanding the examples listed under each violation and specifically defining activities in group work. Another change placed a “statute of limitations” on when a faculty member must file charges: no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the charge is made.
Increasing AIB membership from 13 to 21 full-time faculty members was another significant change to the code. Lejk noted this change was necessitated by the larger number of hearings being held, especially at critical times of the academic year. The new panel consists of the following members:
College of Arts + Architecture
Angela Rajagopalan, Art and Art History
Delane Vanada, Art and Art History
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
John Bender, Geography and Earth Sciences
Banita Brown, Chemistry
Joseph Kuhns, Criminal Justice and Criminology
Lisa Rasmussen, Philosophy
Stan Schneider, Biology
Lori Van Wallendael, Psychology
Belk College of Business
Ted Amato, Economics
Gary Kohut, Management
Craig Depken II, Economics
College of Education
Richard Lambert, Educational Leadership
Michael Green, Reading and Elementary Education
Suzanne Lamorey, Child and Family Development
Lee College of Engineering
Edward Morse, Mechanical Engineering
Nan Byars, Engineering Technology
Martin Kane, Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Computing and Informatics
Diane Cassidy, Computer Science
Bruce Long, Software and Information Systems
College of Health and Human Services
Meredith Troutman-Jordan, Nursing
Mike Turner, Kinesiology