Academic honesty is one of the important values that enable us to function as a university.
The spirit of honest inquiry requires that students and faculty members properly cite
the sources used in studies and writing. It is important for us to be able to trust
each other as we learn from each other's presentations, written work, and visual communication
in order to keep the teaching/learning enterprise functioning well.
Academic honesty is even more critical at a university that offers a Christian education.
Respect for other individuals' work means that we will give them proper credit for
their thoughts and expressions whenever used as a resource for our own projects and
Catalog and course syllabi should be studied by each student to ensure they understand the
meaning and application of academic honesty.
Turnitin is a company Southern Adventist University contracts with that provides resources
for students and a service for professors who may need to verify the academic integrity
with which papers or projects have been prepared and submitted.
In the fall 2008 term, Student Association leadership surveyed Southern Adventist
students and faculty on matters related to academic integrity using an integrity survey
developed by Don McCabe of Rutgers University and initially released from the Center
for Academic Integrity at Duke University. The Center has since moved to Clemson University. These data and results of national administrations of the survey are found in the
1. Southern Adventist Student Data (Undergraduate)
2. Southern Adventist Student Comments (Undergraduate)
3. Southern Adventist Faculty Data
4. Southern Adventist Faculty Comments
5. National Survey Data (Undergraduate)
6. National Survey Faculty Data
These data were presented, in part, to faculty at the March 30, 2009 faculty meeting
by Doug Baasch, Student Association President, and Dr. Robert Young.
The surveys objectively assess student and faculty attitudes regarding the importance
of and practices related to academic integrity at Southern Adventist. The national
nature of the survey provides an opportunity to compare attitudes and practices at
Southern Adventist with those at other participating colleges and universities. And
finally, these results lay the foundation for more focused attention on matters of
academic integrity and thereby provide the means to engage faculty members and students
in committing to integrity as a “fundamental value of teaching, learning, and scholarship