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    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters. Sanctions for such a breach may include academic sanctions from the instructor, including failing the course for any violation, to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or any other form of cheating, consult the course instructor. Published by the Office of the Provost  (Updated 4/19/2016)

    Related Resources:

    Academic Integrity – MU Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities 
    The page contains three videos that provide helpful information for you to understand how to comply with the University standards regarding plagiarism. The videos also provide examples of what constitutes plagiarism and how the University responds to plagiarism.

    Acceptable Use

    The University of Missouri’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for information technology applies to Mizzou websites. The AUP addresses federal and state laws, university regulations, intellectual-property rights, software-licensing requirements and prohibitions against plagiarism and obscenity. The policy includes sanctions for violations. (From MU Identity )

    This policy applies to all users including faculty, staff, students, and guest users of University of Missouri computer networks, equipment, or connecting resources.


    Pages published on Mizzou websites (including this page) are created and owned by the University of Missouri. Many sites include a statement like this in the footer; however, pages do not need to include this statement to be protected by copyright:

    © 2017 — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.

    You can read the UM System copyright statement for websites at this page.

    Understanding Copyright in Course Materials 

    The materials you encounter in your coursework at Mizzou is subject to many different types of copyright protection, depending on the author as well as how it is used. In a single course you may encounter materials created by your instructor, an article that is shared with you in an extemporaneous way under the Teach Act , and materials such as course packets where each copy includes a royalty payment to the author. As a student, you are responsible for how you use course materials and must ensure that the rights of copyright holders are not violated by sharing them, posting materials online, etc.

    Student Work and Copyright

    Just like materials created by your instructor are protected by copyright, the things you create as a student are owned by you. For example, if your instructor uses TurnItIn to check for plagiarism in student papers, the University has an agreement with TurnItIn so that no papers are shared with that company and are only used to cross-reference.

    Related Resources:

    Patent and Copyright Law 

    This page provides the detailed information on the University of Missouri System copyright regulation.

    Copyright: Your Own Copyright 

    This page provides information and guidance in the application of copyright law and expands on the University of Missouri System copyright regulation. While working with copyrighted materials for your coursework (i.e. dissertation, thesis, Interlibrary loan, etc), you may also find the helpful information on what copyright covers and the contact information of the support staff for any copyright-related questions.

    Executive Order No. 38

    When you record something that happens in a course (a lecture, class discussions, meetings, etc.) it has an impact on the rights of the people captured in that recording. For example, your instructor and the University may have rights to the intellectual property contained in that recording. At the same time, another student who may have been recorded has the right to privacy. In order to protect these rights, MU employs a policy (called “Executive Order No. 38”) to govern both situations you may encounter while taking a course–when your instructor allows recordings and when he or she does not allow them.

    University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. However, the redistribution of audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of section 200.020  of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

    The university adopted this policy over the strenuous objections of many School of Journalism faculty members, including me.  I therefore give you blanket written authority to record and distribute audio or video of any class meeting or discussion.  You will, of course, also need your classmates’ written consent under this policy should you decide to disseminate your recordings.

    The University of Missouri maintains educational records of students in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Related topics include privacy policies at MU, display of student directory information, and details about how MU manages FERPA-protected information.

    Related Resources:

    Office of the Registrar’s FERPA page 

    This is an informational page that defines educational records and describes the rights that students have under FERPA. You can find typical examples of educational records on this page, download a form for the release of FERPA data, and read about options students have about the display of directory information.

    UM System Policy, Chapter 180 Student Records and Information 

    This page provides a high-level summary of FERPA-related policies at MU, with links to is the Collected Rules 180.020 on “Student Records.” Contact information for FERPA-related questions is included for all System campuses.

    Intellectual Pluralism

    The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns regarding the atmosphere in this class (including respect for diverse opinions) may contact the departmental chair (Lynda Kraxberger) or divisional director (David Kurpius); the director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities ; the MU Equity Office , or equity@missouri.edu.

    All students will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course. Published by the Office of the Provost 

    Related Resources:

    What is Intellectual Pluralism? 

    A page from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    M-Book: Rights and Responsibilities 

    The M-Book ties together the ideas of the University’s responsibility to the student and its opposite.

    Statement of Nondiscrimination

    The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Read the complete statement and find contact information on reporting discrimination.  Published by the University of Missouri 

    Related Resources:

    Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative 

    This page includes the programs and services designed by the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative Office for faculty, students and staff to help enhance institutional diversity and promote an inclusive and welcoming campus.

    Title IX 

    This page describes what the Title IX offices do and includes how to file a report if you are aware of, witness, or experience sex-based discrimination.

    Student Support Statement

    Students can encounter challenges that may impact their performance in their academic programs. The School of Journalism is committed to support students who encounter these challenges. Any student who cannot afford groceries or access sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live is urged to contact Nicole Logue, 2500 MU Student Center, (loguejn@missouiri.edu) or Lynda Kraxberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 120 Neff Hall, KraxbergerL@missouriu.edu for a list of resources and support. In addition, the MU Tiger Pantry (https://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/) is a free resource with a food pantry and personal care items, located at 1400 S Rock Quarry Rd #8. Students in these situations may find it helpful to notify their professors so they can also assist with finding resources.

    Students with Disabilities

    If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need to make arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please let me know as soon as possible.

    If disability related accommodations are necessary (for example, a note taker, extended time on exams, captioning), please establish an accommodation plan with the MU Disability Center , S5 Memorial Union, 573- 882-4696, and then notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. For other MU resources for persons with disabilities, click on “Disability Resources” on the MU homepage. Published by the Disability Center.

    Related Resources:

    MU Disability Center 

    Primary point of contact for requesting and providing services to accommodate students with disabilities such as alternative textbook formats, classroom and lab assistants, exam access, and other.

    Adaptive Computing Technology Center 

    Provides technology support to students registered with the MU Disability Center, supports screen reader software, and offers an assessment service for adaptive technologies that help to complete course-related tasks.

    Academic Honesty

    Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful.

    Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

    • Use of materials from another author without citation or attribution.
    • Use of verbatim materials from another author without citation or attribution.
    • Extensive use of materials from past assignments without permission of your instructor.
    • Extensive use of materials from assignments in other classes without permission of your instructor.
    • Fabricating information in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Fabricating sources in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Fabricating quotes in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Lack of full disclosure or permission from editors when controversial reportorial techniques, such as going undercover to get news, are used.

    The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters. Sanctions for such a breach may include academic sanctions from the instructor, including failing the course for any violation, to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or any other form of cheating, consult the course instructor.

    Classroom Misconduct

    Classroom misconduct is defined by the University of Missouri’s collected rules and regulations are also outlined in the M-Book Student Code of Conduct.

    Classroom misconduct can include obstruction or disruption of teaching, such as late arrival or early departure or failure to turn off mobile devices unless otherwise instructed.

    Classroom misconduct can also include misuse of computing resources, harassment, bullying, physical abuse or safety threats; theft; property damage; disruptive, lewd or obscene conduct; abuse of computer time; repeated failure to attend class when attendance is required; and repeated failure to participate or respond in class when class participation is required.

    A Special Note about Web Access in Class

    Convergence Journalism faculty typically tolerate (and actively encourage in many instances) personal web access during class time. Attention to and mastery of content discussed during class is your responsibility. We will alert you if there are specific times during a lecture, training session or class discussion when we intend to limit or prohibit web access.

    Dishonesty and Misconduct Reporting Procedures

    MU faculty are required to report all instances of academic dishonesty or classroom misconduct to the appropriate campus officials. Allegations of classroom misconduct must be reported toMU’s Office of Student Accountability & Support. Allegations of academic misconduct must be reported to MU’s Office of Academic Integrity.

    Professional Standards and Ethics

    The School of Journalism is committed to the highest standards of academic and professional ethics and expects its students to adhere to those standards. Students should be familiar with the Codes of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio-Television Digital News Association and National Press Photographers Association and apply those codes appropriately. The Online News Association (ONA) has also assembled a variety of resources that help you to “Build your own ethics code.”

    Students are expected to observe strict honesty in academic programs and as representatives of school-related media. Should any student be guilty of plagiarism, falsification, misrepresentation or other forms of dishonesty in any assigned work, that student may be subject to a failing grade from the instructor and such disciplinary action as may be necessary under University regulations.

    Because we often work with images in convergence journalism, it’s important to know when you can and cannot use images created by others.  Here are a couple of resources to guide you.  If you have questions, please ask.

    The Best Ways to Be Sure You’re Legally Using Online Photos,” Sara Hawkins, LifeHacker, March 26, 2013

    Finding and Using Images, Maps and Video” MU Journalism Library

    Core Values and Competencies

    As a student of the Missouri School of Journalism, you are expected to be aware of certain core values and competencies. Specifically, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) requires that, irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be able to:

    • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
    • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
    • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
    • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
    • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
    • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
    • think critically, creatively and independently;
    • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
    • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
    • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
    • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
    • apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

    The convergence capstone class gives you an opportunity to demonstrate mastery in each of these areas.

    Religious Holidays

    It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council by the MU Faculty Council on October 6, 2011. For more information, see The Mizzou Diversity Guide to Religions.

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