Integrity Week to Take Place Feb. 24 to 28

Two St. Lawrence University professors and a student who recently received a campus Innovation Grant will organize a weeklong series events beginning Feb. 24 regarding integrity on campus.

Integrity Week was created by Alison F. Del Rossi, associate dean for faculty affairs and associate professor of economics, along with Mary Jane Smith, associate professor of history, and Lia Pizzicato ’14, Honor Council chair, and received the grant to organize a week of events around the theme of integrity.

Integrity Week has two goals: The first is to make students more aware of the St. Lawrence University Academic Honor Code in order to reduce the incidence of academic cheating on campus. The second goal is to create a culture in which students connect the necessity for academic honesty in the classroom with the necessity to create and maintain a campus environment where integrity and honesty are the rule in all social interactions.

The proposal stated: “We want the events to create multiple opportunities for conversation and reflection about what it means to behave in an ethical and honest manner in one’s academic, professional, civic, and personal life.”

Integrity Week will feature an integrity fair of campus organizations, a workshop for faculty on academic integrity and the Honor Code, informational tables, workshops on promoting academic integrity, a film screening on integrity in journalism, and a Thelmo town hall meeting on academic integrity.

For more information, contact Alison Del Rossi at 315-229-5449 or at

The following is a list of events:

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sullivan Student Center, Ground Floor Atrium

Integrity Tables

Stop by tables to talk about integrity in academics, social life, and community interactions with members of the Academic Honor Council, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Judicial Board, and other student organizations. Take a quiz about the Honor Code, participate in a poll about what academic integrity means, and enter a drawing for gift certificates. 

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Carnegie Hall 018

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop for Faculty: Strategies and Best Practices for Promoting Academic Integrity

At this workshop, a follow up to the May College 2013 discussion about academic integrity, Alison Del Rossi, associate dean of faculty affairs and associate professor of economics, will briefly review our policies and procedures and some research on why students cheat. We will also hear from Kara Kaufman, residential coordinator, and Sara Trimm, coordinator of international student services, about cultural and international differences in perceptions of academic integrity. The majority of the time will be reserved for a sharing of strategies and best practices to promote academic integrity through a facilitated by Mary Jane Smith, associate professor of history.

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Griffiths Arts Center 123

Integrity in Journalism: “Shattered Glass”

Join Juraj Kittler, assistant professor of English and Performance and Communication Arts, and the editors of the Hill News for a screening and discussion of the film Shattered Glass and how it relates to student journalism.  Refreshments will be provided. First-Year Cup eligible event!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Valentine Hall 103

Student Workshop: Science and Medical Ethics

Join David Hornung, professor of biology, for a discussion of the ethics involved in scientific and medical research.

  • Tuesday, Feb.25, 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. 

Piskor Hall 14 

Integrity in Anthropological Research 

Mindy Pitre, assistant professor of anthropology, and Adam Harr, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, will answer students’ questions about doing research on human subjects and the ethical use of different kinds of human data (e.g., cultural, linguistic, biological, and archeological).

  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Appleton Arena East Side Conference Room

Integrity in Athletics

Join student-athletes, coaches and faculty-staff team mentors for a discussion of issues of integrity in athletic competition and the behavior of players, coaches and fans. Feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Sullivan Student Center’s Winston Room

A Discussion on Campus Culture: The Intersection of Integrity and Vandalism

Facilitated by Chris Marquart, assistant dean of student life and director of residence life, as well as staff and student members of the vandalism committee.  Limited Pub Cookies and coffee service will be provided.

  • Friday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Inside Secrets of the Job and Internship Search

This workshop will provide students, not only with the tools to develop a good strategy to find jobs and internships, but an ethical context in which to behave professionally throughout the search process. Topics covered will include, professional communication, honest representation of skills, how to gracefully network, having genuine interest in the position and navigating the waiting game. 

In addition to these special events, there will be a message board available all week in the Sullivan Student Center where students can post answers to the question, “How would you define integrity or academic integrity?”  

Also, at each event, there will be opportunities for students to fill out entries for a lottery for one of three $50 gift certificates to the Brewer Bookstore or one of two $20 gift certificates to Sergi’s Pizza. Winners will be announced during an intermission at the Men’s Hockey game on Friday, Feb. 28.