An Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine investigation found 85 doctoral students violated the college’s honor code by engaging in “unauthorized collaboration” on take-home assessments, such as quizzes and exams, according to a statement released by the college.
Federal law prohibits the release of case-specific details, but the statement said, “students received sanctions based on the nature and severity of the violation in accordance with the honor code and university standards and protocols.”
The statement said academic misconduct sanctions vary from “warnings to dismissal, and also include grade penalties, which could include receiving a zero on the assessment.”
Moving forward, the Office of Academic Affairs will review similar exams administered in the college using the same software, which was introduced two years ago.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is in the progress of eliminating any take-home noncollaborative exams and quizzes, emphasizing the honor code more during orientation and enacting new training for faculty on “academic misconduct in the digital age.”
The statement closed by saying the Office of Academic Affairs “will continue to review this matter and determine other programmatic and corrective actions as necessary to uphold (its) high standards of academic and professional integrity.”