The Student Academic Honesty Council, a group of undergraduate and graduate Students, is committed to serving the University community by increasing student awareness of "A Culture of Honesty" and more specifically to sharing with every student the commitment of the University to academic honesty, personal integrity, and high ethical standards. Student Academic Honesty Council members promote the premise that “A Culture of Honesty Earns a Degree of Respect."
The Council is advised and supported by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.
Members in the News
Accomplishments of the Council
Worked with the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to place academic honesty plaques in classrooms and teaching labs
Created a video about academic honesty for new student orientation
Regularly represent UGA at the Center for Academic Integrity’s annual international conferences
Plan UGA’s Academic Honesty Awareness Week activities
Serve as Honesty Panelists for Continued Discussions and Multiple Violation Review Boards
Joining the Council
To share with every student the commitment of the University to academic honesty, personal integrity, and high ethical standards by promoting the premise that “A Culture of Honesty Earns a Degree of Respect.”
What is the Academic Honesty Council?
The Academic Honesty Council (AHC) is an executive committee of student members and faculty members whose mission is to serve the UGA community by encouraging honesty and integrity inside and outside the classroom. The council is funded by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.
How does the AHC serve the UGA community?
In the past, the AHC has promoted academic honesty by hosting roundtable discussions featuring UGA administration, athletic directors, coaches, and student athletes; by passing out pizza at the Tate Plaza; by screening movies pertaining to personal integrity; by presenting to student groups on campus; by placing informational tents around campus in the libraries; and by directing and creating a video to be shown at freshman summer orientation, among many others.
What positions make up the council?
There are six executive student positions on the council and positions available for students wanting to serve under an executive position or as a general council member. Each executive position has a specific title and role to serve on the council, including positions for public relations, events, special projects, and relations & recruitment. Specific to each position are several required tasks to be completed during the term in office.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any student at UGA! No prior experience with academic honesty at UGA is required (with the exception of the Chair). Prospective members apply and are selected on the basis of their skills and experience related to the position being applied to, an interest in campus involvement, and a commitment to the cause of academic honesty. Members are required to commit to a calendar year of service and must fulfill the required duties assigned to each position. If the council member wishes, he/she may be trained to serve on academic honesty panels as well.
What can be gained from membership in the AHC?
Student members have the opportunity to gain leadership experience in a field of interest while also contributing to academic integrity of the University. It is also a great way to get to know professors and administrators whom you might not have the opportunity to meet otherwise. As a member, you will play a crucial role in the planning and direction of the committee.
What are we looking for in applicants?
We are looking for students who are interested in getting involved on campus and are committed to the promotion of academic honesty. We are also looking for a potential for leadership, strong organizational skills, and an aptitude for creative and innovative thinking. If this sounds like you, we hope that you will apply!
Application for Membership
The council positions and individual duties are listed below. In addition to the duties specific to the position, the council members must meet once a month and assist each other with tasks at hand.
Serves as a liaison to the Coordinator for Academic Honesty and is responsible for council coordination and development, leads application process for council members, serves as council spokesperson through presentations and media relations, sets calendar for the year and schedules meetings
(Note: to apply for the position of Chair, an applicant must have been affiliated with the council for at least one year.)
Senior Vice Chair for Graduate Student Affairs
Responsible for graduate school representation, assists Chair in council development, serves in an advisory position to undergraduates on the council
Vice Chair for Public Relations
- Responsible for advertising academic honesty events throughout campus and promoting academic honesty throughout the year
- Preferred qualifications: someone interested in communications and public relations, someone familiar with desktop publishing computer software
Required duties: one publicity campaign per semester, advertising biannual academic honesty events (with Vice Chair for Events)
Vice Chair for Events
- Responsible for planning and organizing campus events (i.e.: roundtable discussions, movie screenings, coffeehouse gatherings, lectures, etc.) that promote academic, professional, and personal integrity
- Preferred qualifications: someone interested in event planning (experience a plus), extremely organized with the skill of directing others
-Required duties: one event per semester (two total during term)
Vice Chair for Special Projects
Responsible for the planning and development of special projects relating to public relations, events, and recruitment (i.e.: videos, presentations/slide shows, web design, etc.). Must work with other council members to determine most appropriate projects and must direct the development and creation
- Preferred qualifications: someone interested in publications, video direction, or graphic design with the ability to implement and complete projects in a timely fashion
- Required duties: one project per term, photographing council events and meetings, working with Vice Chairs for Events and Public Relations in planning for events and campaigns
Vice Chair for Panelist Relations & Recruitment
Responsible for corresponding with current academic honesty panelists and working on recruitment of new panelists, as well as assisting Chair in recruitment of new council members
- Preferred qualifications: Someone with prior experience as a panelist
- Required duties: assisting in the application and admissions process of panelists on a rolling basis, communicating with panelists and encouraging involvement in AHC events and activities.
General Council Member
Attendance at council meetings would be expected and responsibilities may include assisting the Chair or any of the Vice Chairs in duties connected AHC initiatives.