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    Code of Ethics

    The role of a journalist is to tell the truth, act independently and minimize harm. As such, journalism students are expected to read and comply with with the codes of ethics created by both the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the National Press Photographers Association.

    Both the University and the School of Journalism have strict policies regarding academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and “double dipping.” Your work for each class should be original work developed specifically for that class. Each lesson or story is designed to teach a specific lesson and to learn by doing. You are expected to create new work for each assignment (there are some exceptions, those will be explained by the instructor.) Using the same material for two different classes or two different assignments in this class (double dipping) is not allowed. There are some rare exceptions to this rule, which must be approved in advance by the instructors in both classes.

    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. 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.

    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.
    • Use of materials from past assignments without permission of your instructor.
    • Use of materials from one assignment used for another assignment without permission of your instructor.
    • 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.

    When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting or collaboration, consult with your instructor. For closed-book exams and exercises, academic misconduct includes conferring with other class members, copying or reading someone else’s test and using notes and materials without prior permission of the instructor. For open-book exams and exercises, academic misconduct includes copying or reading someone else’s work.

    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.

    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.

    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 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:
    • 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.

    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 Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists and adhere to its restrictions. 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.

    Audio and Video Recordings of Classes

    Students may make audio or video recordings of course activity for personal use and review unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member in charge of the class. However, to foster a safe learning environment in which various viewpoints are respected, the redistribution of audio or video recordings or transcripts thereof is prohibited without the written permission of the faculty member in charge of the class and the permission of all students who are recorded. (Collected Rules and Regulations, University of Missouri, Sect. 200.015, Academic Inquiry, Course Discussion and Privacy)

    Title IX Information:

    The University of Missouri prohibits all forms of sex or gender discrimination, including sex-based violence.  If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination or been harassed or assaulted, you can get help at the Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center, a confidential resource, at rsvp@missouri.edu or (573) 882-6638, or go to www.rsvp.missouri.edu.  You can also contact the Title IX Office (title9@missouri.edu; (573) 882-3880; or www.title9.missouri.edu). Because we care about our community, Mizzou employees are required to report all incidents of sex discrimination to the Title IX Office.

    University of Missouri-Columbia Notice of Nondiscrimination

    The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action institution and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. Any person having inquiries concerning the University of Missouri-Columbia’s compliance with implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, or other civil rights laws should contact the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resource Services, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1095 Virginia Ave., Room 101, Columbia, Mo. 65211, (573) 882-4256, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

    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 register with the MU Disability Center, S5 Memorial Union, 573-882-4696, and then notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations.

    ADA Compliance

    If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need assistance, please notify the Office of Disability Services, S5 Memorial Union, 882-4696, or the course instructor immediately.  Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.

    Religious Holidays

    Students are excused for recognized religious holidays. Let your instructor know in advance if you have a conflict.

    Intellectual Pluralism

    The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions concerning the atmosphere in this class (including respect for diverse opinions) may contact your faculty chair or associate dean; or the director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities (http://osrr.missouri.edu/); 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.

    ----------Posted on August 20, 2014 by in 7802

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