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Dear colleagues, 
 
the current ENAI newsletter brings you invitation for a workshop on social responsibility in research in Copenhagen, reminder of an upcoming conference in Brno and few news from different countries concerning contract cheating – both Lithuania and Great Britain are introducing more severe sanction for this type of cheating. 

The European Network for Academic Integrity is now being registered as a non-government organization to be ready for the launch at the conference "Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond" in May in Brno. The project website is already online at www.academicintergrity.eu, so far it contains only basic information, but it will grow soon. How do you like its design by two young Czech students?

Workshop on social responsible research, Copenhagen

Call for applications in the pre-colloquium development workshop designed for social responsibility researchers.
Title:  In search of new research directions and methods for critically studying social responsibility
Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017, 9:00–13:00
Place: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark

This workshop is organized by European Group for Organizational Studies and is free of charge. It will be held in Copenhagen Business School in collaboration with such prominent scholars as Mike Geppert (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany), Graham Hollinshead (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Dirk Matten (York University, Canada) and Andre Spicer (Cass Business School, UK). The proposal is look into questions of how social responsibility is actually managed in practice and by whom. The workshop is open to researchers at all career stages who are interested in exploring the potential of using qualitative methods and perspectives in their research.

The deadline for applications: 3rd April 2017
Details and application: https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&content-id=1474852918314&reserve-mode=active 

IJEI: a special collection on contract cheating

The International Journal for Educational Integrity (IJEI) is running a special themed collection of the journal on contract cheating. The full details can be found here: http://edintegrity.springeropen.com.

Please promote the collection to your various networks, and also consider submitting a paper yourself!

The topic of contract cheating is especially timely, given the excellent press coverage of Michael Draper, Victoria Ibezim and Phil Newton’s recent paper in the IJEI on essay mills and the 2006 Fraud Act (UK). See the links below for a couple of examples:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/feb/21/plan-to-crack-down-on-websites-selling-essays-to-students-announced http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/02/28/university-students-are-buying-assignments-what-could-or-should-be-done-about-it/

There has been a global rise in contract cheating in recent years and this has raised the level of community concern about the credibility of higher education qualifications and academic outputs. Of particular concern is the proliferation of marketing-savvy commercial providers who bombard students via social media. Contract cheating is qualitatively different than plagiarism, collusion, or the other relatively minor breaches. According to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), there are now more than 100 essay mill websites in operation. The QAA recommended new laws to make it illegal to help students commits this acts.

By Scotch Mist - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45779930

Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond 2017 

…is just around the corner, already 24-26th May 2017 in Brno, Czechia. 

The registration is still open (and it will be until the conference), the deadline for discounted conference fee is already 8th April. 

You can look forward about 50 contributions of different types including practical workshops and meeting participants from all continents. Organizers from Mendel University in Brno also promise rich and exciting social programme - conference dinner in a science centre, trip to Napoleon's battlefield, to a baroque chateau and wine tasting in a traditional Moravian wine cellar. 

Find more details about the conference at www.plagiarism.cz.

Save the date: Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2018

4th year of the international conference on academic integrity will be in Turkey:
 
9-11 May 2018, Ephesus
‘Standardizing sanctions towards academic misconduct’
By Benh LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15578063

United Kingdom: Tough penalties proposal for contract cheating

What about the consequences?

University students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the government. The universities minister has launched the crackdown on “essay mill” websites after an investigation by The Times. The investigation revealed significant disparities in the punishments handed out at different institutions.

Lithuania: Zero Tolerance for Illegal Purchase and Sale of Students‘ Final Papers

Since the 1st of January, 2017 the updated Lithuanian code on administrative transgressions came into force. One of its very new provisions refers to the sanctionning of an illegal purchase, sale of Bachelor's and Master's or its equivalent degree Final Papers, doctoral dissertations and art projects and their delivery to higher education and research institutions.   

The penalties vary by person to whom they are imposed – from one hundred fifty euros to three hundred euros to individuals and from eight hundred euros to one thousand eight hundred euros to legal entities. In case the same transgression is committed repeatedly, the penalties will be higher – from three hundred euros to eight hundred fifty euros to individuals and from one thousand seven hundred euros to three thousand euros to legal entities.Thus, it is remaining to wait what showcases will occur and what pitfalls will emerge. 

Source: https://www.e-tar.lt/portal/lt/legalAct/4ebe66c0262311e5bf92d6af3f6a2e8b

Academic Integrity as a Higher Education Evaluation Criterion 

In summer 2016, The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE), Lithuania improved methodologies regarding the evaluation of new and current higher education study programmes and university overall performance by specifying an evaluation criterion on academic integrity. The CQAHE follows these methodologies and, accordingly, organizes respective evaluations.  

The honest environment for studying, namely the academic integrity supportive means such as preventive actions against cheating, plagiarism and so on, is estimated when evaluating current higher education study programmes. Accordingly, new higher education study programmes’ developers are expected to bring evidence what means they are going to use to ensure the honest environment for studying as well. 

The methodology on the evaluation of university overall performance envisages to examine ethical statements and related procedures. A particular attention is paid to leaving room for students’ appeals. 

The implementation of new evaluation practice has started in 2017, mostly in social sciences. 

Further information:  

Let's finish with a joke!

We will approach with the next newsletter at the beginning of June, if you want to share with us and with other recipients interesting news from your country or some curiosities from the area of academic integrity, we will welcome your contributions. Please send them to us before 27th May to info@academicintegrity.eu.

Sincerely yours
European Network for Academic Integrity team

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European Network for Academic Integrity, 2017


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