Friday, September 23, 2016

Is an Academic Dishonesty Hotline a Good Idea?

Students at Purdue University can now anonymously call in academic misconduct starting this semester ("Purdue Initiates Academic Dishonesty Hotline," Purdue Exponent, August 30, 2016). According to the Associate Dean of Students, this new method for reporting is important to preserve the honor of the university and its degrees. The hotline idea emanated from the University Senate, in part, to "prevent cases rather than punish individuals" as the chairperson of that group mentioned.

Discussion Questions:
  1. If you witnessed academic dishonesty, would you be more likely to report it if there was a hotline that allows anonymity? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think your degree from a college or university would be viewed unfavorably if an academic dishonesty scandal occurred while you were a student, even if you weren't involved? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think it's the responsibility of all students and faculty to report academic dishonesty? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think an anonymous hotline can cause more problems than advantages? Why or why not?
  5. Do you think the hotline will "prevent cases rather than punish individuals" as the University Senate chairperson said? Why or why not?