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Work in progress - an investigation into the effect of an institutional honor code policy on academic behavior

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4 Author(s)
Carpenter, D. ; Dept. of Civil Eng., Lawrence Tech. Univ., Appleton, WI ; Harding, Trevor ; Finelli, C. ; Mayhew, Matthew

Research indicates significant cheating at institutions of higher learning; however, evidence indicates that a well-designed and clearly-communicated campus honor code might have a mitigating effect. This is the impetus behind the implementation of an academic honor code policy at a private university beginning in the fall of 2004. This situation presented a unique opportunity to investigate the potential of an academic honor code to change the culture and behavior at a university. This investigation involves in conducting a longitudinal study on the academic habits of students as they progress through the curriculum and include students whose academic careers began under a different academic dishonesty policy. The presentation describes the development and implementation of the honor code policy; details of the investigation including research questions being posed, survey development, and study protocols; and results from the first year of the study

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Frontiers in Education, 2005. FIE '05. Proceedings 35th Annual Conference

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19-22 Oct. 2005