The University of Oklahoma (Norman campus)
Regular session – November 8, 2004 - 3:30 p.m. - Jacobson Faculty Hall 102
office: Jacobson Faculty Hall 206   phone: 325-6789
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The Faculty Senate was called to order by Professor Valerie Watts, Chair.


PRESENT:       Barker, Biggerstaff, Blank, Bozorgi, Brown, Burns, Catlin, Cramer, Davis, Devenport, Dohrmann, Draheim, Driver, Elisens, Fincke, Forman, Frech, Geletzke, Gutierrez, Halterman, Havlicek, Hayes-Thumann, Hobbs, Houser, Kauffman, R. Knapp, Lai, Magnusson, Penrose, Raadschelders, Rupp-Serrano, Scherman, Schwarzkopf, Sharp, Striz, Taylor, Vieux, Watts, Wheeler, Wood, Wyckoff

Provost's office representative:  Heiser


ABSENT:         Bradford, Caldwell, Cintrón, Civan, Dewers, Greene, Henderson, C. Knapp, Lewis, Liu, Marcus-Mendoza, Ransom





Announcement:  2004-05 Campus Departmental Review Panel

Academic integrity

Senate Chair’s Report:

Alcohol task force

Exercise facility for faculty

Graduate Student Senate role within student government

Election, councils/committees/boards

Resolution, academic integrity







The Faculty Senate Journal for the regular session of October 11, 2004 was approved.





The following faculty will serve on the 2004-05 Campus Departmental Review Panel:  David Mair (English), Bruce Mason (Physics & Astronomy), Teri Jo Murphy (Mathematics), Joy Nelson (Music), Edgar O’Rear, III (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science), David Sabatini (Civil Engineering & Environmental Science), and Zev Trachtenberg (Philosophy).  The panel will also include Associate Dean James Patterson (Architecture), Associate Dean Frederick Blevens (Journalism), and Graduate College Representative Susan Vehik (Anthropology).  The units to be reviewed are College of Education (Education Leadership & Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum), Liberal Studies, Law, Honors College, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Women’s Studies, International & Area Studies, and Native American Studies.





Prof. Watts explained that Pal Randhawa, chair of the student honor council, and Greg Heiser, assistant provost would talk about the honor council’s latest efforts regarding academic integrity and the survey that was conducted.  Dr. Heiser introduced Ricker Deeg and Melissa Renfro, members of the honor council.  He said the honor council had been active this semester in promoting a strong student force for academic integrity. 


Mr. Randhawa thanked the senate for its support and reported on the student activities since he spoke to the senate last semester.  The honor council, which is nine months old, has developed an integrity pledge.  Its members have spoken to classes, student organizations, and international students about academic integrity, and the group plans to expand those efforts over the coming years. 


Mr. Deeg said the web site – – included a list of the members, a description of what constitutes academic misconduct, and useful links.  Mr. Randhawa said they had recruited additional students to the council because many of the members will be graduating soon.  This semester, the council hosted a visit from Dr. Donald McCabe, an expert in academic misconduct.  With information Dr. McCabe provided, the council will develop more specific plans on how to deal with cheating.  For example, the council has contacted departments where cheating is a particular problem and will discuss with their faculty how to tailor plans to address the problem.  He said he realized some faculty members were not enthusiastic about using the integrity statement.  He asked for suggestions on how to spread information about academic integrity throughout the university.  Faculty may send suggestions or questions or request a council member to speak to a class about academic integrity to 


Prof. Havlicek asked whether the intention was that the pledge had to be word for word or that “tests” or “exams” could be substituted for the word, “exercise,” where appropriate.  Mr. Randhawa replied that “exercise” was open to the interpretation of the professor and could be replaced.  Prof. Striz said he had used the statement on an exam and did not have problems or widespread cheating.  Dr. Heiser said some students may object to the pledge, but basically it is an acknowledgement of the things students are supposed to be doing anyway.  Certainly, faculty members have the authority to require students to sign by not accepting work that is unsigned.  Prof. Fincke asked whether faculty had legal backing for signing in the case of major assignments.  Dr. Heiser said the professor should give ample warning about the consequences for not signing.  Prof. Schwarzkopf asked, “If a faculty member refuses to accept work where a student won’t sign the pledge, would you, as the chief enforcement officer, officer for the academic side, support that?” Dr. Heiser said that had been the intention all along.  However, he did point out that any dispute could end up in a grade appeal. 


Prof. Raadschelders asked whether the sanctions were different for a student who had not signed the pledge.  Dr. Heiser said signing or not signing would not result in a stiffer penalty.  Prof. Raadschelders questioned the point of introducing the pledge if it was simply a code of ethics.  Dr. Heiser answered that it was a reminder that people care about academic misconduct and academic integrity.  Prof. Devenport wondered why it was left up to the faculty.  He suggested that students should be admitted here with the understanding that they should sign the pledge.  Mr. Deeg said he had been working with the admissions office to add a statement in the admissions packet for students to sign that says they would abide by the honor code.  Dr. Heiser added that all universities in the country expect integrity, and the statement articulates what was formerly understood. 


Dr. Heiser discussed the results from Donald McCabe’s visit in October.  A survey was sent to faculty and students that asked a number of questions about perceptions of academic integrity.  About 150 faculty and about 800 students participated in the survey.  With respect to self-reported cheating, about 40-45 percent of the students who took the survey said they had cheated here at least once in the past year.  About 10-15 percent reported they had cheated three times or more in the past year on a major assignment, term paper, final examination, or mid-term.  The good news is we were 3-5 points lower than the national average in both cases.  Students here learn about the academic misconduct system from faculty comparatively more than at other universities.  Faculty members reported that they learn from web pages more than from other faculty or other sources.  Faculty who did not report an academic misconduct incident gave reasons including fear of lack of support, the cheating was not important enough, and they did not want to ruin the student’s life.  More than half of the respondents were very satisfied to neutral with the system.  Dr. Heiser said he wanted to minimize the times when the system was too cumbersome.  He said he would send the numbers to the Faculty Senate office to make available to the faculty.  [Note:  The academic integrity survey results, plus a summary, are on the UOSA Honor Council website as .pdf files at 2004 Integrity Survey - Students, 2004 Integrity Survey - Faculty and 2004 Integrity Survey - Executive Summary.]


Prof. Schwarzkopf said it would be helpful to know what kinds of assignments involved the most frequent misconduct so faculty could focus on those situations.  Dr. Heiser said it was interesting to see the students’ assessment of the seriousness of various behaviors.  Most students still recognize that copying from someone’s exam really is cheating, but a lot of them do not understand that cut-and-paste plagiarism is cheating.  He hopes the honor council can remind students that their fellow students care.  The university is experimenting with, an online plagiarism detection service that allows faculty to check on student papers or have students upload their own work.  Next semester, 3-4 units in Arts & Sciences will try the service.  If it works out, we will get a campus-wide license and include the other departments. is a little better than the Google service and has the advantage that it logs student work in its database so papers cannot be recycled. 


Prof. Watts asked Dr. Heiser to talk about the key factors that Dr. McCabe observed in institutions that were successful with academic integrity.  Dr. Heiser reported that Dr. McCabe said cheating could never be eradicated; the lowest figure he had seen was about 8 percent.  Dr. McCabe is a fan of modified honor codes, which increase student buy-in and make expectations in the community more visible.  A few other schools in the Big 12 are moving toward an honor code.  A range of things can be done.  The idea is to raise student awareness.  Prof. Driver asked whether graduate students had been involved or whether this was strictly an undergraduate effort.  Dr. Heiser said the emphasis had been on undergraduates but that graduate students should be involved because the Graduate College has had some misconduct cases and because a number of graduate students are teachers.  Graduate students have been invited to be on the honor council, but none have become members yet.


Prof. Watts mentioned that at the November 6 meeting of the faculty advisory council to the state regents, many institutions expressed concern about academic integrity.  They were curious about what we had been doing and were complimentary of our efforts.



SENATE CHAIR'S REPORT, by Prof. Valerie Watts


“Just this morning the Faculty Senate office received from the President’s office a list of major issues the alcohol task force is examining.  We will be forwarding the list to you in the next day or so.  Some of the policies mentioned on the list include requiring all fraternities, sororities, and residence halls to be dry; adopting a ‘three strikes and you are out’ policy; and supporting the city’s ordinances to deal with ‘party house’ problems.  I am hoping that this list might encourage more feedback from faculty about various policies the President is considering.  Again, please send your suggestions to either the faculty senate office or Nick Hathaway.


“I am pleased to announce the opening of the free exercise facility for faculty, which is located on the west side of the football stadium (see 4/04 Senate Journal).  The senate’s request to lengthen the hours of the fitness center to 7:00 p.m. has been addressed.  The facility is open on a non-card-swipe access basis from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you choose to use the facility after business hours, the period of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., you will need a card to enter the building.  [Note: You may e-mail your name to Robert Smith in the Athletic Department,, and he will arrange a time to activate your card.  Any card with a magnetic strip, but preferably not a credit card, can be used.  The women’s locker room is locked for security reasons and is accessed by swiping the card or entering a code.]


“Finally, you should have received a copy of a memo the executive committee sent to the student leadership last Thursday regarding the two amendments the University of Oklahoma students will be voting on tomorrow and Wednesday, which concern the separation of power of Graduate Student Senate and the Student Congress.  Because many of our graduate students fulfill the unique role of both student and teacher, we feel it is essential that they have a political platform to express their opinions about university policy.  We have communicated to the student leaders our concern and will wait and see what the outcome of the election is.”





The senate approved the following nominations of the senate committee on committees to fill vacancies on university and campus councils, committees and boards.


Campus Tenure Committee

To replace John Furneaux, 2004-07 term: Paul Cook (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Continuing Education Council

To replace Bret Wallach, 2003-06 term, as of 1/05:  John Duncan (Law)

Environmental Concerns Committee

To replace Bruce Hoagland, 2003-06 term: Mark Sharfman (Management)

Faculty Appeals Board

To replace Sally Faulconer, 2002-06 term: David Carnevale (Human Relations)

Goddard Health Center Advisory Board

To replace Michael Bemben, 2003-06 term, as of 1/05: Leon Price (Management)

Honorary Degrees Screening Committee

To replace Dan Kiacz, 2002-05 term: Luther White (Mathematics)





Prof. Watts presented a resolution (attached) endorsing the act establishing a UOSA Statement of Academic Integrity and a UOSA Honor Council.  Prof. Striz moved to vote on the resolution at this meeting.  His motion was approved.  The resolution endorsing the UOSA act was approved on a voice vote.





The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.  The next regular session of the Faculty Senate will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2004, in Jacobson Faculty Hall 102.


Sonya Fallgatter, Administrative Coordinator


Roger Frech, Secretary