Yesterday the Alberta Council on Academic Integrity (for which I serve as a Steering Committee member) released its formal Statement Against Racism. I was sad, but not suprised that we started getting pushback almost immediately about the statement. As a result, I have developed this one-page resource to help educate others about how racism is pervasive in discussions about academic misconduct:
I am aware that resources do not solve problems. I intend for this resource to be a tool that can help start meaningful conversations about how racism manifests in our beliefs and responses to academic integrity.
Here is a free, downloadable .pdf of this resource. It has a Creative Commons license, so feel free to share it.
Possible uses for this resource:
- Discussion tool for staff, educators and administrators
- Digital resource for sharing
- Other uses that advocate anti-discrimination and anti-racism in student conduct.
Remember: Academic integrity cannot co-exist with injustice. If discrimination and racism enter into the conversation, we aren’t talking about academic integrity anymore. Academic integrity is based around a set of six fundamental values, as articulated by the International Center for Academic Integrity:
Inherent in all of this is an underlying respect for persons and human rights. Injustice is antithetical to academic integrity.
I look forward to moving this conversation forward in the coming days, months and years.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, and the Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity, University of Calgary, Canada. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of the University of Calgary.