February 7, 2013
The professor and author will discuss academic cheating
LYNCHBURG—Randolph College will host Eric Anderman of Ohio State University on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Wimberly Recital Hall in Presser Hall.
Anderman, a professor at Ohio State University, is known for his research on academic dishonesty. His lecture is entitled, “Academic Cheating: Who Does it, Why Do They Do it and How Can We Prevent it?” Anderman will review research about the causes of academic cheating and offer suggestions on how to use this research effectively to prevent cheating.
In addition to his public lecture, Anderman will participate in a session with Randolph’s student judiciary committee as well as a brown bag lunch session with faculty members.
“We are excited Dr. Anderman is coming to Randolph to discuss his research on cheating and academic integrity,” said Holly Tatum, a psychology professor who helped organize Anderman’s visit along with Beth Schwartz, the Catherine E. and William E. Thoresen Chair in Social Sciences and assistant dean of the College. “His work fits nicely with our ongoing research on the effectiveness of different types of honor systems at colleges and universities,” she said.
Anderson’s visit to Randolph coincides with the VFIC Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl, which will be held on campus Feb. 10-11. Randolph is also celebrating Honor Week Feb. 11-15.
Tatum and Schwartz have previously researched Honor Codes and how instructors and students are affected by an established honor system and its governance. They are now currently working with Megan Hageman ’13 to collect data for a second study comparing traditional, modified, and no honor system schools.
“The effectiveness of an honor system is dependent upon the continued discussion of the honor and integrity,” Schwartz said. “Honor Week highlights Randolph's honor system and provides an opportunity to cultivate and reinforce academic integrity on our campus. Our findings indicate that the presence of an honor system changes students' perceptions of and responses to academic dishonesty. We hope to contribute to the understanding of how and why honor systems work on college campuses.”