President Stuart Rabinowitz today announced the launch of a new University Honor Code and urged all members of the Hofstra community to commit to the code through an online pledge form on the university portal.
President Rabinowitz announced the new code in an email to the Hofstra community, and discussed it during the annual Fall Convocation. The Honor Code, developed by the Provost’s Academic Integrity Task Force, was approved by the full faculty, the Student Government Association and the president in Spring 2012. The new code will be promoted and upheld by an Honor Board made up of faculty, administrators and students.
The Academic Integrity Task Force distributed a survey on campus and conducted several small group discussions to determine attitudes about academic integrity on campus. The task force found that the vast majority of the Hofstra community are committed to academic integrity and believe it is central to the University’s mission. Many respondents also said that while Hofstra’s commitment to academic integrity is longstanding and tangible, it could be made more visible.
As a result, the Honor Board is mounting a promotional campaign to introduce the Hofstra community to the Code and make as explicit as possible the extent of Hofstra’s commitment to academic integrity by inviting all members to “Commit to the Code”.
“We want to be certain that all members of our community are aware that Hofstra has taken this extraordinary step of joining the ranks of schools that promote academic integrity through the development of its own code,” said Honors College Dean Warren G. Frisina, co-chair of the Honor Board.
In addition, Hofstra’s academic integrity website will be updated to include more self-help materials and procedural information so that students know where to go if they have questions or concerns. The Honor Board also plans to conduct workshops, bring in speakers and develop other opportunities to foster campus-wide discussions related to academic integrity.
“I think the Honor Code could really set the tone for the future generation of Hofstra students. It allows for a commitment to the mission and values of the university and even more so for an honest path to success,” said Honor Board member Melissa Maynard, a second year graduate student in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. “The code is an opportunity to learn responsibility and accountability for what you do during your college career.”
Many faculty will begin requiring students to include a short version of the Honor Code statement on all papers, exams, projects and other assignments during the Fall 2013 and beyond, officials said. The practice of reiterating the Code is one that has been used by many honor code schools to build a sense of shared responsibility for promoting and protecting academic honesty throughout the community.