Psychology 134 -- Grossmont College -- Human Sexuality

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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity

Oh, by the way...
I don’t mean to insult you personally...
... but if you copy an assignment’s writing from the Internet, please do not come to me later and ask me to write you a recommendation. (Yes, this actually happened in a previous semester.) Sheesh!
I want to apologize...
... to everyone who’s a fumble-fingered honest student out there, but it’s the dishonest ones who forced me to give penalties for exam resets. It’s the same reason why everyone during a face-to-face exam has to have their books off the desk, papers inside their notebooks, etc. If I ask you to follow certain rules it’s not because I suspect you of cheating (hey, I haven’t even met you!), but because everyone has to follow the same rules. Sigh.

Oh, by the way...

I don’t mean to insult you personally...

... but if you copy an assignment’s writing from the Internet, please do not come to me later and ask me to write you a recommendation. (Yes, this actually happened in a previous semester.) Sheesh!

I want to apologize...

... to everyone who’s a fumble-fingered honest student out there, but it’s the dishonest ones who forced me to give penalties for exam resets. It’s the same reason why everyone during a face-to-face exam has to have their books off the desk, papers inside their notebooks, etc. If I ask you to follow certain rules it’s not because I suspect you of cheating (hey, I haven’t even met you!), but because everyone has to follow the same rules. Sigh.

Academic integrity, cheating, etc.

Although this is NOT an easy course, it is not a bust-your-gut difficult one, either. There is no need to cheat to get a good grade! That said, please note the following policies on academic integrity.

Plagiarism is using -- as one’s own -- ideas, writings, materials, or images of someone else without saying so (acknowledgement), or without permission. Cheating and/or plagiarism can result in any one of a variety of sanctions (punishments). Such penalties may range from an adjusted (lower or failing) grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to (under certain conditions) suspension or expulsion from a class, program, or the college. For further clarification and information on these issues, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Resetting exams and quizzes online

All exams and quizzes in this class are timed by Blackboard, and set up in such a way that -- once you begin -- you cannot pause the process or leave that web page without “freezing” your attempt. When your attempt is frozen and you try to go back to finish it, Blackboard will tell you that the test has been completed and can only be taken once. You have to e-mail me and ask me to unfreeze your test.

Which I may or may not do. I will be much more likely to unfreeze your test if you have followed good Blackboard practice and carefully saved your answers regularly using the Save button (which appears multiple times on the test’s page). The Save button is different from the Submit button. Save sends your answers to Blackboard but lets you keep working. Submit sends your answers and ends the test.

What is sometimes a problem is a student who writes me and has saved none of his or her answers along the way; I have no way to tell how well they were doing before the problem occurred. That is why I will carefully monitor all requests to reset exams or quizzes. Resetting can be necessary when there’s a dial-up telephone line disconnection (yes, some students still use dial-up), when you’re not familiar with the way tests work in Blackboard, when your dog ate your modem cable (while you were online), when aliens teleported you (while you were online) up to their spaceship to perform experiments on your sex organs (and whose results appear in THEIR textbooks on human sexuality) but who didn't bother to use their alien superpowers to get you back in to Blackboard properly after your return, and so on and so on. Plus, we’re all human; sooner or later everyone makes a bonehead mistake.

Unfortunately, previous experience has shown that it is impossible to tell the difference between a bonehead mistake and actual cheating. I do not want, ever, to accuse an honest person of cheating. I do not want to have to ask honest people to prove that they are honest. But I don’t want dishonest people taking advantage of the online experience, either.

During the first section of the course -- Module 0 -- it is your responsibility to learn how Blackboard tests work, how to take an exam or a quiz continuously without closing the browser window or navigating to another page, how to save your answers along the way, how to keep track of the time remaining, etc., etc. I will be happy to reset the quizzes in Module 0 once or twice if you need to have this done.

After that, I will reset quizzes or exams only at my own discretion (that is, when I want to). IF I decide to reset a test, I may deduct a portion of the student’s score: usually 5% for the first request, 10% for the second, 20% for the third, and 50% thereafter (but it can be any amount I choose). I also reserve the right to drop a student from the class, honest or not, if the number of test resets becomes too large.