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)
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.
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.
This page provides the detailed information on the University of Missouri System copyright regulation.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
A page from the Office of Student 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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 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.
IMPORTANT: Entering a classroom late or leaving a classroom before the end of the period can be extremely disruptive behavior. Students are asked to arrive for class on time and to avoid early departures. This is particularly true of large lectures, where late arrivals and early departures can be most disruptive. Instructors have the right to deny students access to the classroom if they arrive late and have the right to dismiss a student from the class for early departures that result in disruptions.
Under MU policy, your instructor has the right to ask for your removal from the course for misconduct, disruptive behavior or excessive absences. The instructor then has the right to issue a grade of withdraw, withdraw failing or F. The instructor alone is responsible for assigning the grade in such circumstances.
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 to MU’s Office of Student Conduct. Allegations of academic misconduct must be reported to MU’s Office of the Provost.
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
Professional Values and Competencies
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that, irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:
The convergence capstone class gives you an opportunity to demonstrate mastery in each of these areas.
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.----------Posted on January 5, 2018 by admin in 4992