2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference
Educational Integrity in Learning: Students' Misconduct as Reflected in an Israeli Large Public College Disciplinary Committee
Professor Dan Soen - College of Judea & Samaria, Ari'el, Israel
It is taken for granted that academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students and the general well-being of society. The enrolment of a student at the academic institution is a voluntary entrance into the academic community. By such entrance, the student voluntarily assumes obligations of performance and behaviour, which are imposed by the institution relevant to its lawful missions, processes and functions. No wonder, then, that the academic institutions reserve the right to discipline students or student organizations for inappropriate behaviour occurring on or off the campus in order to secure compliance with their obligations.
Extant studies have shown academic misconduct to be a pervasive problem among college students. Some surveys indicate that cheating has reached epidemic proportions in colleges. The question how to deal with alleged academic misconduct by students is one that institutions of higher education have faced for years.
The paper analyzes the deliberations and punishments meted by the disciplinary committee of Israel 's largest public college while trying to fight violations of the college's code.
Keywords: academic institutions; integrity in learning; academic misconduct; disciplinary committee; rules of behaviour