Academic dishonesty has reached new heights at the University of Rochester, and the school's Board on Academic Honesty has taken notice.
E-mails sent to faculty and students by the board's chairman, John Givens, remind students and faculty of the threat of academic dishonesty, the Campus Times reports. It was the second message in six years that Givens has sent to students and faculty.
The previous academic year showed a 25 percent increase in academic dishonesty cases and the highest number of suspensions in the past 10 years, the board says. For the first time, the school expelled a student for cheating multiple times, it adds. Givens tells the Campus Times that he fears many more cases went unreported.
"The E-mail messages to faculty and students were meant to remind everyone of the high stakes we all have in maintaining our integrity," Givens tells the Campus Times. "As I wrote in my message to students, academic dishonesty not only undermines the very principles of our academic community, but it also leads to serious consequences. Good habits of integrity learned now will last a lifetime."