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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

RESOLUTION FROM SENATE OF COLLEGE COUNCILS ON ENCOURAGING THE PLACEMENT OF THE HONOR CODE ON COURSE SYLLABI

On behalf of the Senate of College Councils, Kathleen (Kate) Nanney (chair) submitted the following resolution encouraging the placement of the Honor Code on course syllabi. The resolution will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.
Sue Greninger's signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty



Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 12, 2007. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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RESOLUTION FROM SENATE OF COLLEGE COUNCILS ON ENCOURAGING THE PLACEMENT OF THE HONOR CODE ON COURSE SYLLABI

WHEREAS,
the Honor Code reads, “The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honest, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.”; and,

WHEREAS,
former President Larry Faulkner called upon students to establish an honor code and commended the Senate of College Councils for its work in that endeavor; and,

WHEREAS,
the Honor Code was recognized and formally adopted by President Faulkner and the University on April 29th, 2004; and,

WHEREAS,
in its Operational Recommendation Eleven, the Commission of 125 declared that “the Honor Code should be assimilated into the culture of the campus and made relevant to the lives of all members of The University of Texas community”; and,

WHEREAS,
the report of The Commission of 125 goes on to state “[e]very student, faculty member, and staff member should assume individual responsibility for upholding the reputation, values, and academic integrity of The University of Texas at Austin”; and,

WHEREAS,
the report of The Commission of 125 goes on to state “[e]very student, faculty member, and staff member should assume individual responsibility for upholding the reputation, values, and academic integrity of The University of Texas at Austin”; and,

WHEREAS,
the Office of the President has shown a commitment to integrity and the promotion of the University’s Honor Code, particularly by financially supporting and actively participating in events such as IntegrityUT Week; and,

WHEREAS,
the mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to produce high quality scholars who excel in their particular field of study; and,

WHEREAS,
professors seek to accomplish this mission by educating students inside the classroom; and,

WHEREAS,
syllabi are the core documents that shape the guidelines and procedures of a classroom; and,

WHEREAS,
the Ombudsperson of the University of Texas at Austin has called upon professors to standardize course syllabi to reduce confusion about expectations1; and,

WHEREAS,
research from other major campuses shows that universities with a highly visible and integrated honor code have substantially lower rates of cheating2; and,

WHEREAS,
cheating on campus leads to the lowering of the overall value of a degree; therefore; be it,

WHEREAS,
the Senate of College Councils recommends that the Faculty Council require faculty to include the Honor Code in all course syllabi; be it further,


1 Brochure from the Office of the Ombudsperson
2 The Center for Academic Integrity “The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity”


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RESOLVED,
the Senate of College Councils also recommends that syllabi provide more thorough information on what constitutes breaches of the Honor Code; and, be it further,

RESOLVED,
a copy of this resolution will be sent to the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students, the College Deans, the Faculty Council Executive Board and Student Judicial Services.

Authors: Stephen Myers (Chair, Students for Academic Integrity), Reid Long (Vice Chair, Students for Academic Integrity)

Sponsor: Students for Academic Integrity committee