Original. Student reported. Your daily dose of Right-minded news and commentary from across the nation
University will permit students to erase cheating violations from their records

Academic program permits students to expunge ‘academic dishonesty’ from conduct file

A public university is implementing an “educational approach” to students caught cheating, allowing them to clear the violation from their records after undergoing an on-campus program.

The University of Minnesota is expanding its “Academic Integrity Matters” program to include opportunities for students to wipe their records clean after incidents of cheating. The program, begun in 2015 by the university’s Office of Community Standards, also offers students the option to clear “nonacademic offenses, like alcohol possession” from their records, according to The Minnesota Daily.

Jessica Kuecker Grotjohn, assistant director of the Office of Community Standards, told The Daily: “The thought behind [the program is] if a student engages in behavior that is in violation with our policy, we want them to be able to understand the impact of that.” Grotjohn claims the program “has become [increasingly] used” on campus.

According to the University of Minnesota’s Office of Community Standards website, to participate in this program students must first accept responsibility for violating the student code of conduct. After this, the student will attend a two hour meeting with “a group of community members” consisting of students, faculty, and staff.

During these meetings the participants will “discuss the impact of the scholastic dishonesty and then agree on an educational opportunity the student can participate in to demonstrate understanding of academic integrity.” The university says that upon successful completion of the program, “student records will become ‘non-disciplinary.’”

The Fix reached out to Grotjohn via email for clarification on the program’s effects on Minnesota students’ records. Grotjohn did not respond.

Jason Stephens, an associate professor at the University of Auckland who researches academic integrity, told The Daily: “A lot of times, if a student is caught cheating, the focus is on punishment … there ought to be a lot more educational approaches.”

Reached via email, Stephens told The Fix: “I believe all institutions should have some form of a ‘second chance type program’—that is to say, they should take a developmental approach to promoting academic integrity.”

“Academic dishonesty is a widespread problem at both secondary and tertiary levels of education,” Stephens went on. “It has been for decades and will remain so for many more to come unless schools and universities take more thoughtful, systemic action to create ‘cultures of integrity.’”

“If we want to create societies of honest and trustworthy individuals,” he said, “then we need institutions… to nourish those traits and values.”

MORE: Whistleblower Professor Exposes Race-Based ‘Cheating’ at UCLA

MORE: Major Cheating Scandal Hits Private, All-Girls Barnard College

IMAGE: Shutterstock

Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter

About the Author
Coy Westbrook is a junior agricultural leadership and development major at Texas A&M University. In addition to The College Fix, Coy is a fiscal policy contributor for The Millennial Review. He is heavily involved in the Texas A&M Student Government Association and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

Add to the Discussion

  • Keely Craig

    Sure, why the fucking hell not!?
    I mean… majority of us who went threw school already had to have that shit in our education records before…

    • T100C1970

      If you went “threw” school, you must have ditched English class.

  • T100C1970

    Silent Cal is unfortunately not well known due to his personal humility. Amity Shlaes has written an excellent book on the subject of Pres. Coolidge.

  • Ser Deplorable of Smeg

    What is the point of having rules if you are going to waive the consequences when broken?

  • Trevor Sedis

    If you’re a male falsely accused of rape, you’re deemed a “rapist” forever. If you cheat at liberal schools, however, no big deal.

  • N=1

    ‘Jessica Kuecker Grotjohn, assistant director of the Office of Community Standards, told The Daily: “The thought behind [the program is] if a student engages in behavior that is in violation with our policy, we want them to be able to understand the impact of that.” ‘
    ===

    The program will be 100% successful in helping them understand that there is no impact besides a few boring hours spent listening to someone preach about the importance of integrity. Sweet.

  • Trevor Sedis

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~Calvin Coolidge