Unimportant cheating

At the University of Oklahoma, students are “admonished” for cheating, if it doesn’t involve a major paper or final. The policy was supposed the streamline academic misconduct cases, but now students want due process rights for admonitions too.

The admonition policy was started this semester to keep smaller academic misconduct cases between the professor and the student, (Assistant Provost Gregory) Heiser said. Admonition cases apply to plagiarism that does not involve semester-long assignments and examinations, a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation. The admonition will not go on a student’s record like misconduct charges.

Expect more cheating at Oklahoma.

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  1. At the other end of the spectrum, eight years ago (when I was a first-year at college), a professor got caught plagiarizing one of his grad students. His punishment? He wasn’t allowed to teach grad students for three years.

  2. Plagiarizing one of his grad students. That is really sad.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Heinlein covers this subject quite well in Starship Trooper.

  4. Thanks for linking to this Joanne. I actually had an email from a listener today who says even though he received two of his degrees from OU, he’ll no longer financially support them because of this policy.

    And you should see what the university president has to say about drinking on campus. 🙂

  5. Bill Leonard says:

    Ah, yes: Oklahoma. It’s a school the football team can be pround of…

  6. PJ/Maryland says:

    The OU Daily link won’t work for me; maybe the site is down.

    I think the “admonition” thing might work, as long as students have the right to appeal. But the appeal should run the risk of getting the student into a lot more trouble. For example, the professor might admonish the student and give him/her a 0 on the paper or whatever. The student could appeal to some pseudo-judicial hearing, but would run the risk of expulsion or getting a 0 for the course. With any luck, this will limit appeals to students who are actually innocent.

  7. John from OK says:

    OU is leading A&M 49-0 at the half right now. I got your “admonishment” right here!

    In any case, they already beat up on OSU last week, so it’s too late to suspend anyone anyway.

  8. Richard Brandshaft says:

    But what if the student didn’t do it?

    We seen this think of thing in many guises before. To save “legal red tape” someone introduces a “streamlined” processes, which is code for “the accused has no right to effectively argue his innocence before a neutral 3rd party.” This kind of thing always produces horror stories sooner or later–mostly sooner.

    The most notorious example is child protective services. Naturally we can’t wait for legal formalities when a child is in danger, so child protection authorities can seize children at will.

    If I remember rightly, a few years ago, in England, a student was about to be expelled from some university because a fellow student accused him of rape. The accused insisted on being tried in a criminal court, and was acquitted. (He had more faith in the system than I would have.)