Fostering Academic Integrity Conference
Fostering attitudes and practices of academic integrity in educational institutions is a major concern worldwide. In fact, studies have been showing an increased trend in cheating, plagiarism and other forms of violations of academic integrity over the past decade. More attention has been given to this issue as its impact extends well beyond academic boundaries to influence professional practices and social behavior. AUC has been on the front line in dealing with this issue for a number of years and is considered a regional leader in promoting academic integrity and working towards fostering and enforcing positive attitude changes among all the stakeholders at the university. Producing a campus-wide code of academic ethics, reviewing integrity policies, restructuring integrity committees, continuous creation of awareness materials and orientation sessions on every level are but a few examples of AUC efforts over the past 6 years.
Welcome Message from Provost Lisa Anderson
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Conference on Academic Integrity at the American University in Cairo. Under the theme of “Fostering Academic Integrity,” this conference addresses a number of timely topics, foremost among which are means of preventing violations of academic integrity; intellectual property rights; research ethics; business ethics; academic integrity and culture; as well as academic integrity for K-12 schools.
The first conference of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, this is an occasion for promoting cooperation on academic integrity between institutions across the region, and presents a venue for sharing experiences and exchanging lessons learned with input from the international academic community. We are very pleased to have keynote speakers from Clemson University’s Center for Academic Integrity, Rutland Institute for Ethics and its consortium of over 360 institutions sharing experiences and expertise on issues of academic integrity. We also wholeheartedly welcome Professor Donald McCabe, the founding president of the Center and a world authority on academic integrity; Dr. Daniel Wueste, the director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University; Dr. Teddi Fishman, the director of the Center; and Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, the chair of the Center’s Advisory Council and the Academic Integrity coordinator for the University of California, San Diego.
I personally welcome all attending this event and hope that you will find this gathering of some of the most high-profile authorities on academic integrity to be fulfilling on a personal and professional level. On behalf of the AUC community at large, I sincerely welcome you all to our New Cairo campus.
Lisa Anderson, Provost