Seminar in Ethics and
Academic Integrity, University of Colorado at Boulder
Syllabus & Content Outline
Originally prepared by: Jeffrey T. Luftig,
Ph.D. Leeds School of Business
Please read this entire document carefully!
To educate selected CU students about academic integrity; and generally, to
increase the overall level of Academic Integrity and Honesty on the CU –
Seminar Procedures, Grading Policies, and Related Issues
a) Students participating in this seminar have been enrolled as a
non-academic sanction, applied by the CU Honor Council. However, during the
conduct of the seminar, only first names of participants shall be used, and
the specific violations of the CU Honor Code committed by participants shall
not be discussed.
b) The seminar is offered on a non-credit basis only.
c) The seminar is offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. Each of the seminar
requirements (which follow) will be individually graded on a Pass/Fail
basis. Earning a ‘Pass’ for the entire seminar requires that all of the
individual requirements have been successfully passed.
d) Students failing to successfully complete the seminar requirements will
be subject to a one semester suspension, following all due process
requirements. In the event that the first available seminar is during the
final semester of a student’s academic career, the student will not be
permitted to graduate until the seminar requirements are satisfied.
e) Any student participating in the seminar and found guilty (following all
appropriate procedures detailed in the Honor Code Constitution and Bylaws)
of violating the CU Honor Code in completing the seminar requirements will
be subject to expulsion from the University.
Seminar Duration and Frequency
The seminar is offered in two meetings, of two hours each. However, there
are a number of activities which must be completed outside of the formal
Seminar Requirements and Associated Instructional Considerations
The seminar requirements are as follows:
a) Each student will attend each session (meeting) in totality.
Failure to attend any or all of the seminar
meetings shall result in a failing grade for the seminar, regardless of any
b) Each student will complete all reading assignments associated with each
of the meetings, prior
to the meeting.
A complete list of these reading assignments is below. Students are required to bring downloaded copies of each
reading assignment, with answers to specific questions, to each seminar
meeting as evidence of having completed the assigned pre-work.
Failure to bring and submit this material to
either seminar meeting shall constitute a ‘Failure’ for this requirement
and subsequently, for the Seminar
c) Each student will participate fully and positively in seminar
discussions. Discussions will relate to the assigned readings and pre-work,
and will be led by the Instructor and student Discussion Leaders. The
Instructor shall assess each student’s participation in the two meetings.
d) Each student will complete an essay of 800-1000 words within five (5)
days of the final seminar meeting. The essay must be on a
related to Ethics and Integrity.
The essay is to be typed, double-spaced, and submitted to the Instructor
electronically (as an e-mail attachment). The
Instructor will individually assign the topic for each student’s essay. The
seminar Instructor will grade each essay.
e) Each student will pass a brief ‘final’ examination, testing his/her
knowledge about the critical elements and contents of the CU Honor Code. The
instructor will grade the examinations with assistance provided by
designated students serving as Discussion Leaders.
Vincent McGuire, Ph.D.
Farrand Residence Academic Program
Kittredge Honors Program
University of Colorado
Boulder CO 80309-0180
Ph. 303 735 3019
Office Hours Fall 2006: Tues/Thurs 11:30am-12:15 & 3.30-4.30pm
Lecture Topics & Associated Discussion Points
Prior to Session 1:
- Review the CU
Honor Code website.
- Read the publication
Ethical Decisions on the Josephson Institute of Ethics website. This
publication constitutes the primary resource for the first seminar
- Download and read the article
Academic Dishonesty: the Social Implications from the Academic
Integrity seminar website.
- Download and read
"Help Henry" from the University of Maryland Ethics website.
- Bring a
typed copy of your answers to the
I Pre-Work Questions for submission to the instructor prior to the
beginning of the session. This assignment is available on the Academic
Integrity seminar website.
1. Introduction to the Seminar
- Content Outline
- Final Examination
- Support References
2. Presentation I
: Ethics, Morals,
and Academic Integrity (PowerPoint presentation residents on the Seminar
website for future review)
Prior to Session II:
- What are ‘Ethics’? ‘Integrity’? How are these different from
- How do these concepts relate to models for ethical decision-making
e.g. Kant’s Categorical Imperatives; the Golden Rule?
- What are the common rationalizations used for unethical behavior and
academic dishonesty? Why are we here? Does behavior in one’s academic
career carry forward into later life? Does anyone care?
1. Access the CU
Honor Code website
. From this site, download, read and print the
2. Download and read the article Academic Integrity:
A Letter to My Students
Bring a typed copy of your answers to the
Pre-Work Questions for submission to the instructor prior to the
beginning of the session. The various answers are available by reading the
information provided on the Academic
Integrity seminar website.
1. Presentation II
: Elements and
Contents of the CU Honor Code. PowerPoint presentation resident on the
Seminar website for future reference; and review of the CU Honor Code
2. Discussion Topics:
- What are the common elements of cheating and plagiarism? How are
- What are the implications of the success of the CU Honor Code for
the improvement of the quality of your academic career? What are the
implications for you if the Code is a failure?
- In your opinion, how many of the “Are Any of These Cheating?”
discussion points do not constitute a violation of the CU Honor Code?
In your opinion, how many of the “Are Any of These Plagiarizing?” discussion
points do not constitute a violation of the CU Honor Code?
3. Final Examination &
Essay Topic Assignments