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Academic Integrity a Priority to First-Year Students at USciences
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-596-8864
More than 400 first-year students signaled their commitment to academic integrity by signing their names on an academic integrity banner at the start of the fall semester. As part of welcome day programming, the first-year students attended a session, “An Introduction to the New Community Norms,” led by Mark Bullock, director of student conduct.

The session was designed help students understand the expectations of new members of the USciences community, and introduce them to the idea that academic integrity is an important University value. After the session, the students were invited to sign the banners which read “Academic Integrity Matters to Me” before meeting with their academic advisors.
“This event was more than purely symbolic because it reinforced the idea that academic integrity matters to the University, and allowed us to set expectations right from day one,” said Associate Dean of Students Ross Radish. “By signing the banners, students affirmed a commitment to integrity which is a positive first step in the right direction.”
After the initial signing by the first-year students, faculty, staff and upper-class students were invited to sign the banners in Wilson lobby. The 3-by-5 foot banners will be displayed around campus to serve as a constant reminder that academic integrity matters to USciences.
This banner signing was the kick-off event as part of a larger integrity campaign designed to lead into an eventual implementation of an honor code.
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