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Case Western Reserve University Division of Student Affairs

The academic integrity policy at Case Western Reserve University does not work.

Professors are too busy to hold students accountable, and there is no culture here where we (the students) demand the highest standards of honesty from one another. Recently, I have personally witnessed terrible offenses of academic integrity. This is a problem.

Academic integrity is the basis of the value of every degree given by Case Western. Employers, the community, and other academic institutions must be able to trust that graduates from CWRU are equipped with the skills they claim to possess.

Cheating is rampant, and students need to hold each other accountable. Creating a culture of peer-enforced honesty will better prepare students for the workplace while simultaneously creating deep feelings of mutual trust and respect.

This is the culture that current and future CWRU students deserve.

Please sign the petition below to show the CWRU Division of Student Affairs that you value a more prominent culture of honesty, respect, and trust at Case Western Reserve University.

Signed,

Tom Dooner

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

Please sign the petition above to show Case Western Reserve's administrators that students desire a culture of honesty, respect, and trust.

Here are some examples of Honor Codes at other institutions:

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Please sign the petition above to show Case Western Reserve's administrators that students desire a culture of honesty, respect, and trust.

Here are some examples of Honor Codes at other institutions:

Ohio University's Honor Code asks students to "hold [themselves] to the highest standards of personal honesty and ethical behavior in [their] academic work. and, if if [they] see an instance of academic dishonesty, [to] take the appropriate steps that are consistent with the Honor Code."

Oberlin College's Honor Code asks students, when submitting each assignment, to remember their commitment to the honor code and thus "affirming that they have not cheated, plagiarized, fabricated, or falsified information, nor assisted others in these actions."

At Oberlin, the Honor Code places so much trust in students that professors do not proctor exams.

How is an Honor Code different than the current CWRU Academic Integrity Policy?
An honor code is characterized by the students being the main enforcers of the policy. This is necessary because oftentimes students are the only ones with the evidence to open a claim, and because students are incentivized to report offenses because any unreported claim is a direct threat to the value of his or her degree.
Overall, the logistics would (hopefully) still be the same -- a board of impartial students and faculty will oversee and judge on any submitted claims.


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