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Remediation Program

Starting for cases related to the summer 2022 semester, the Office of Academic Honesty will facilitate a Academic Honesty Remediation Program. The remediation program is a way for undergraduate students who acknowledged a violation of A Culture of Honesty (PDF), UGA’s Academic Honesty Policy, to

  • work through the events that occurred and reflect on the reasons and circumstances for these events to occur,
  • repair the harm they have caused to themselves, their instructor(s), other students, and the university as a whole,
  • and work towards a better way of adhering to the standards of academic integrity.

Undergraduate students are only eligible for the program if they acknowledged the violation during the facilitated discussion and if they have no prior violation. Graduate students, professional students, and undergraduate students who have violated the Academic Honesty Policy more than once are not eligible.

Participation in the Remediation Program is voluntary and needs to be initiated by the student. Upon successful completion of the program, a student's record in the Office of Academic Honesty will not be disclosed as outlined in A Culture of Honesty. Students who have been found in violation in a Continued Discussion can participate in the program, but they are not eligible for non-disclosure.

If a student that completed the program receives a subsequent violation, the non-disclosure is revoked and the student will meet with the Multiple Violations Review Board.

 

Students who successfully complete the Remediation Program

  • will learn that academic integrity is essential for all academic work as well as in the professional world.
  • will understand that cheating in academic work harms themselves, their professor(s), their fellow students, as well as the university as a whole.
  • will reflect on the academic misconduct they have committed and learn why their actions have jeopardized their personal integrity as well as the academic integrity of UGA.
  • will understand that acknowledging mistakes and seeking ways to make amends to the academic community serves the purpose of maintaining academic integrity and strengthens their personal integrity.
  • will develop skills needed to identify and avoid future academic misconduct.
  1. E-mail the Office of Academic Honesty to initiate enrollment.
  2. Fill out pre-program questionnaire.
  3. Complete Academic Honesty eLC Course Module (unless completed before).
  4. Write 2-3 page Pause & Reflect essay .
  5. Schedule and attend a group or one-on-one meeting with a representative of the Office of Academic Honesty.
  6. Complete personal learning objective(s).
  7. Fill out post-program questionnaire.

Each step must be completed in a timely and thoughtful manner to successfully complete the program. Failure to complete any of the steps could result in the removal of the student from the program.

Students who wish to participate in the Remediation Program should email the Office of Academic Honesty within 10 business days after the date of the closing letter. The program has to be completed within one year from the date of the facilitated discussion. We recommend that students begin their program within one month after the date of the closing letter. Students should expect to complete the program within one month of enrollment. Otherwise, their chance of completing the program successfully is significantly lower.

Students should estimate a total of around 5–7 hours to complete the program — not including the time for completing their personal learning objective(s).

  • Pre-program questionnaire:   ⁓30 minutes
  • Academic Honesty eLC Course Module:   ⁓1 hour
  • Pause & Reflect essay:   ⁓2–3 hours
  • Group meeting or One-on-one meeting:   up to 2  hours
  • Post-program questionnaire:   ⁓30 minutes

The Remediation Program cannot be completed on one day and in one sitting. Depending on how fast a student works through the program steps, they will complete the program in more or less time. However, the program is designed to support students in their learning process over a longer period of time. Students should give themselves time to think and reflect so that they can arrive at deeper insights and better ways of maintaining their integrity. This will greatly benefit their experience and outcome in the program.

The remediation program is based on the concept of restorative justice. The core principles of restorative justice are:

  1. inclusive decision-making
  2. active accountability
  3. repairing harm
  4. rebuilding trust

The purpose of the program is not to subject students to an additional sanction for the academic misconduct they have committed, but to give them an opportunity to think critically about their actions, take responsibility, and look for ways to repair the harm done. The assigned representative of the Office of Academic Honesty will work together with the student in this process.

It is up to the student to show that they understand how their actions were harmful to themselves and others, think about who was harmed by their actions and how, and propose actions they can take to make amends to the people harmed and to develop their own understanding of academic integrity.

This essay is intended to make students pause and reflect on what happened and to give them a space to write about their thoughts and insights about the misconduct they committed. The assignment should be a testament to a learning process in which the student obtains insights on how to take responsibility for academic misconduct.

It should also show that a student can identify resources and strategies that would help them not commit academic misconduct in the future. The Pause & Reflect essay will prepare students for the group or one-on-one meeting with their assigned representative.

In this meeting, students will come together in a group with other students who are currently enrolled in the Remediation Program. This meeting will also be attended by Remediation Peer Educator(s) and a Remediation Faculty/Staff Representative who will lead the meeting.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together representatives of the whole university community and talk about the impact of academic misconduct on the university and its members.

This meeting is designed to think and talk about academic misconduct together with other students, listen to other students’ stories and perspectives, and collectively come to better insights on how to avoid academic misconduct and how to educate oneself and others about academic integrity.

We strongly recommend students attend a group meeting instead of a one-on-one meeting because it more closely reflects the core principles of restorative justice.

Instead of meeting in a group with other remediation students and representatives of the university community, students can also choose to meet one-on-one only with a representative of the Office of Academic Honesty. In this in-person meeting, a student will meet with their assigned representative to talk about what happened, think about the reasons and circumstances that led to the academic misconduct, consider ways to repair the harm done, and agree on specific steps the student will take to learn and develop skills that will help them avoid future academic misconduct.

This meeting is meant to be a space for collaborative thinking, receiving guidance and support, and finding empowerment by engaging in restorative justice.

Remediation Peer Educators are undergraduate or graduate students who will represent the student body as a party that was harmed by academic misconduct during remediation group meetings. Their role in these meetings is to listen to remediation students' stories, discuss the harm that was done to all UGA students by the academic misconduct committed, offer guidance and insights for their peers, and suggest and/or agree on personal learning objectives for remediation students.

As preparation for their role as Remediation Peer Educators, students will be trained in ethical leadership and restorative justice conferencing.

If you are interested in becoming a Remediation Peer Educator, please contact the Office of Academic Honesty (honesty@uga.edu). We are looking forward to working with you!

Remediation Faculty Representatives will represent the UGA faculty as a party that was harmed by academic misconduct during remediation group meetings.

Their role in these meetings is to listen to remediation students' stories, discuss the harm that was done to UGA faculty by the academic misconduct committed, offer guidance and insights for remediation students, and suggest and/or agree on personal learning objectives for remediation students.

If you are interested in becoming a Remediation Faculty Representative, please contact the Office of Academic Honesty (honesty@uga.edu). We are looking forward to working with you!

Why should I complete the Remediation Program?

Aside from learning about academic integrity and being a champion of academic integrity on campus, students that complete the program will not have their record disclosed (e.g., on a Dean's Certification).

How much time do students have to complete the remediation program?

Per the Academic Honesty Policy, students “have one year from the date of the Facilitated Discussion to complete the program.”

Can I become a  Peer Remediation Educator if I complete the program?

Yes! We strongly encourage students who complete the program to return as Peer Remediation Educators. Our Peer Remediation Educators are academic integrity champions at UGA and beyond!

Will anyone know that I am in a Group Meeting?

The Group meetings are FERPA protected. By participating, students agree to be bound by the confidentiality required by FERPA guidelines.

 

Please contact our office at honesty@uga.edu if you have further questions or comments and feedback for the Remediation Program.