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08-17-2009, 08:13 AM
You can get an "FD!'


VANCOUVER There are two new scarlet letters in academia.

Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., recently introduced a grade called FD to deal with cheaters.

The letters stand for failure with academic dishonesty.

Rob Gordon, the university's director of criminology, said the FD grade was introduced to catch cheaters who use the Internet and was part of a larger package of reforms "relating to student misconduct issues and honesty."

"It is a penalty that can only be imposed by department heads, not by individual professors," Gordon, acting chairman of the university's senate committee on academic integrity, said Thursday.

"It would be used in egregious cases of academic dishonesty."

Gordon said while most cheating in the past involved copying essays, it has now evolved into students cheating by using online essay-writing companies as well as high-tech and sometimes low-tech devices during exams.

The new grade, introduced in May, has been considered but not yet given out, Gordon said.

The FD would remain on a student's transcripts during their time at SFU and for two years after graduation, which could affect the possibility of postgraduate studies or even getting a job if a potential employer asks to see transcripts.

Severity of the offence and incidences of previous cheating would both be considered before handing out an FD.

"If a student thinks they have been unfairly dealt with, they have the opportunity to appeal (to the ombudsman)," said Gordon. "I thought we would have a lot of push-back from students but (student response) has been overwhelmingly favourable."

Gordon said in one extreme case a few years ago, a student had their degree rescinded after it was learned they plagiarized their thesis almost entirely from six sources. But he said that, overall, cheating seems to be on the decline.

The University of Alberta hands cheaters an F8 or F9 grade, which can be reduced after three years to an F.

08-17-2009, 08:51 AM
texas instruments needs to make a graphing calculator with a camera on it LMAO

08-17-2009, 10:40 AM
"FD" stands for "F**King Dumbass"

Saul Good
08-17-2009, 07:46 PM
In the US, true failure is now represented with the letter O.

08-18-2009, 02:55 AM
In the US, true failure is now represented with the letter O.:LOL:

08-18-2009, 03:08 AM
Ward Churchill:

"Research misconduct investigation

Main article: Ward Churchill academic misconduct investigation

The controversy attracted increased attention to Churchill's research, which had already been criticized by legal scholar John LaVelle and historian Guenter Lewy.[37][43][44] Additional critics came forward, including sociologist Thomas Brown, who had been preparing an article on Churchill's work, and historians R.G. Robertson and Russell Thornton, who claimed that Churchill had misrepresented their work.[45][46] In 2005, University of Colorado at Boulder administrators ordered an investigation into seven allegations of research misconduct.[30]

On May 16, 2006 the University released the findings of its Investigative Committee, which agreed unanimously that Churchill had engaged in "serious research misconduct", including falsification, fabrication and plagiarism. The committee was divided on the appropriate level of sanctions.[2] The Standing Committee on Research Misconduct accepted the findings of the Investigative Committee that Churchill had "committed serious, repeated, and deliberate research misconduct", but also disagreed on what sanctions should be imposed.[47] Churchill's appeal against his proposed dismissal was considered by a panel of the University's Privilege and Tenure Committee, which found that two of the seven findings of misconduct did not constitute dismissible offences. Three members recommended that the penalty should be demotion and one year's suspension without pay, while two favored dismissal.[3][48]

On July 24, 2007, the University regents voted seven to two to uphold all seven of the findings of research misconduct, overruling the recommendation of Privilege and Tenure panel that two of them be dismissed. They then fired Churchill by a vote of eight to one.[3][48]

On the following day, Churchill filed a lawsuit in state court claiming that the firing was retribution for expressing politically unpopular views.[49] On April 1, 2009, a Colorado jury found that Churchill had been wrongly fired, but awarded only $1 in damages.[6] As one of the jurors said later in a press interview, "it wasn't a slap in his face or anything like that when we didn't give him any money. It's just that [Churchill's attorney] David Lane kept saying this wasn't about the money, and in the end, we took his word for that."[50] At the verdict, Churchill's counsel asked Chief Judge Larry J. Naves of Denver District Court to order reinstatement in light of the verdict.

On July 7, 2009, Judge Naves found that the defendants were entitled to quasi-judicial immunity as a matter of law, vacated the jury verdict and determined that the University does not owe Churchill any financial compensation.[8][51] Naves also denied Churchill's request for reinstatement at CU. Lane has already said he will appeal both decisions."


FD, Ward.