Resolving Academic Dishonesty Through Facilitated Discussion

The University of Georgia's process for addressing student violations of academic honesty policies was "awful" before it was revised in 2000, says Debbie Bell, coordinator for academic honesty. "It was a miserable process. Professors would call me and get ready to report student cheating, and then when I would explain the process and what the possible outcomes would be, they would say, 'Forget I called. I don't have that much time' or 'I didn't want to ruin this student's life. I just wanted to teach him a lesson.'"

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