Bringing Academic Integrity to the Community
As a result of an unprecedented initiative by the University Honor Council, Mayor John F. Street has proclaimed Oct. 23-27 Philadelphia's first official Academic Integrity Week. This year, with the support of Penn's Office of the Provost, Academic Integrity Week will be a focus on Penn's campus, and on other area colleges and universities as well.
Last May, the University Honor Council, an organization formed by the Provost's Office to increase awareness about academic integrity on campus, asked Mayor Street to involve Philadelphia officially in their effort to reach out to the surrounding community with their message. With the proclamation in hand, the Council's chair, Rikki Tanenbaum, anticipates the Council's efforts will help promote a climate of heightened awareness regarding ethical conduct.
"The Council has had an ambitious agenda this year to promote academic integrity on campus," said Ms. Tanenbaum. "Encouraging greater community partnerships seemed appropriate at this stage, consistent with the mission and efforts of the Council thus far."
Academic Integrity Week, with a special focus on technology and integrity, was kicked-off by an event co-sponsored by the Provost's Series, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, best known for exposing the tobacco industry. In conjunction with Career Services, an "Ethics in the Workplace" panel discussion among prominent Philadelphia professionals in the fields of law, bioethics, education, business and journalism is planned and will feature Penn's own legal studies Professor Philip Nichols as moderator. In addition, the Honor Council is hosting a conference that will bring together honor councils from a variety of nearby colleges and universities to discuss issues related to integrity. The Honor Council is working with SPEC to bring a special movie screening of The Insider to campus as well [See Update]. The week's events are expected to conclude with an appearance made by Mayor John Street, as he presents the official proclamation to University President Judith Rodin.
For more information about the University Honor Council, Academic Integrity Week and for links to related sites, please visit our web site: http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~honor.
--University Honor Council
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 9, October 24, 2000