For international students, academic dishonesty numbers don’t tell the full story

During the 2015-2016 academic year, over 40 percent of reported incidences of academic dishonesty involved international students. That number — 43.7 percent, to be specific — seems disproportionately high, considering that Miami’s international population made up just 11.4 percent of its total student body in fall 2015, according to the Office of Institutional Research’s Fact Book for 2015-16. But the numbers aren’t as they seem, said Brenda Quaye, Miami’s coordinator for academic integrity. First, Quaye said, it’s important to understand what exactly a reported incidence of dishonesty means — that is, a case of suspected academic dishonesty reported by a faculty member to his or her department chair and brought to a hearing. These numbers don’t only represent cases in which the hearing found the student responsible for committing academic dishonesty, either — in fact, 104 of the 460 cases reported last academic year found students not guilty. The term “academic dishonesty” can refer to a variety of circumstances, too — most commonly cheating (as on a test or quiz), plagiarism or “unauthorized collaboration” with other students on an assignment. According to the official incidents report for 2015-16, nearly half of the reported cases last year involved “students copying/using others’ work, giving work to others and/or collaborating in an unauthorized manner.” Quaye noted that the 460 cases reported last year are likely “a drop in the bucket” compared to...

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MU leaders fight ban on immigration

In light of President Trump’s suspension of immigration for people hailing from seven nations last week, Miami University’s senior leadership on Sunday night released a statement via email “expressing strong concern” about the executive order. “Providing opportunities for international students contributes to enhancing diversity and learning at a 21st-century university,” the statement read in part. “International students, faculty and staff contribute to our rich educational experience and mission. Miami is fully committed to remaining a globally connected university, welcoming students, faculty and staff from all over the world.” Miami University spokesperson Claire Wagner told The Student that more than three dozen faculty and students at Miami are from the countries listed in Trump’s ban — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The statement said that Miami’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services is reaching out to all international students, while the Office of General Counsel is working with Miami faculty and staff from the countries in question. “We wanted to assure our own community, dozens of members of which were already asking us questions, that we were reaching out to those affected and to reiterate our support for them,” Wagner said. President Greg Crawford also signed a joint letter from the presidents of Ohio’s 14 public universities Monday. The letter was sent to Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown in support of the BRIDGE (“Bar Removal of Individuals...

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Inclusion series discusses free speech

On Wednesday, Miami will kick off a series of four interactive discussions, open to students, staff and faculty, that are designed to facilitate scholarly understanding of national and global issues. Dubbed the “Inclusion Series,” the initiative was conceived by Miami’s senior leadership in the fall, and Provost Phyllis Callahan sought proposals on session topics from faculty members. One such proposal came from political science department chair Patrick Haney, who along with dean of students Mike Curme will be moderating Wednesday’s panel discussion, “Free Speech and the Path to a More Perfect Union”, in the Shriver Dolibois Rooms at 5...

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What If DAR now open to students

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University has just launched a new BannerWeb functionality aimed at helping cure students’ academic crises. As of this week, students can use their BannerWeb portals to run a “What If” version of their Degree Audit Report (DAR), allowing them to analyze how the courses they’ve taken correspond to a major in any degree program the university offers. Ted Peters, an academic adviser for the College of Arts and Science, said the program lets students view their curricular progress in any major and become more informed on their academic possibilities. “I think one of...

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Board of Trustees to meet this morning

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Miami University’s Board of Trustees is expected to approve $13 million in funding for renovations to Shriver Center and the Campus Avenue Building (CAB) during its meeting Friday morning. Also on the docket is a proposed 2 to 3.5 percent increase in room and board charges that would apply to current sophomores and juniors as well as the Class of 2021. $9.5 million in construction costs will be allocated to Shriver Center, which has been undergoing an initial round of renovations this semester that will allow Student Disability Services and the Rinella Learning Center...

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