In 2011, the OU Board of Regents approved an Academic Integrity Code that gave students major responsibility for the OU community’s academic integrity system. The students responsible for running this system come from the Integrity Council. The Council’s official duties include chairing academic misconduct hearings, conducting investigations for reported acts of academic misconduct, reviewing actual academic misconduct cases and recommending sanctions, and serving as peer educators in integrity training for students who have violated the Academic Integrity Code. In short, Integrity Council members work to educate, adjudicate, and rehabilitate students at the University of Oklahoma. We educate by giving presentations about academic integrity and hosting an annual Integrity Forum. We adjudicate by running the investigations and adjudication hearings that occur if a student contests an accusation of academic misconduct. We rehabilitate by serving as peer educators in integrity training for students who have violated the Academic Integrity Code.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Integrity Council?
Who is on the Integrity Council?
Because the Integrity Council is the student voice of academic integrity on campus, it is our goal to represent every facet of student life. We try to have students from every college and major on campus, as well as students from many different backgrounds. We welcome international, nontraditional, transfer and graduate students, as well as athletes and members of various student organizations on campus. It is our goal to have as diverse a council as possible so that we are properly representing the students of the University of Oklahoma.
How do I get involved with academic integrity on campus?
We encourage all students to make their own personal commitment to meeting our high standards of academic integrity while pursuing their education. Our new academic integrity code also allows students to report cheating discovered in their classes and amongst their peers. We believe that students should have a say in protecting the value of their degree. Since all students and alumni are linked to the reputation of the University of Oklahoma, cheating on campus affects everyone, not just those that engage in academic misconduct.
Beyond managing the academic integrity system at OU, the Integrity Council hosts a number of campus activities in which anyone may be involved. We have an annual Integrity Forum in which professionals from the community are invited to speak about integrity in the workplace. OU also has an Ethics Bowl team, which participates in ethics bowl competitions regionally and nationally.
How do I apply to be on the Integrity Council?
We encourage all students to apply. Due to the members’ serious responsibilities and sensitive nature of the information handled by the Integrity Council, membership is very selective. In our annual membership drives, roughly one in five applicants are invited to join the Integrity Council. We hold our membership drive each year in the Fall semester. The application process consists of an online application available at http://integrity.ou.edu.
If you have any more questions, please contact the Integrity Council at firstname.lastname@example.org