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O Weber State College Read about the problems facing older men who return to school in the Signature section, starting on page 7. K ?, i .3 A-5" Vol. 44 No. 26 Tuesday, January 24, 1984 u u Steve Garrett, evidence for from WSC's fingerprint crime lab, s. After dusts an item of conducting an Signpost photoBob George investigation, the crime lab has concluded that the ballots were not tampered with in any way. Crime Lab Checks Election Ballots by Scot Parry Staff Reporter Last week the crime lab revealed that there had been no tampering in any way with the ballot boxes during the last ASWSC presidential elections. "It is my policy to check out any allegations of dishonesty within the elections," stated Grant Protz-man, ASWSC advisor. This refers to the anonymous letter received by the Signpost last May stating that the ballot boxes had been stuffed with fake ballots. For this reason the crime lab had been investigating these particular ballots for the past several weeks. James Gaskill, who was in charge of the investigation, said that his department went over every ballot looking for any kind of imperfection that might set a group of fake ballots off from the legitimate ones. They checked the printed letters on the ballots, as well as the colored ink for the frequency that it was used. They also checked the trend of votes for the candidates in every box around campus. After screening the ballots, the crime lab reached the conclusion that no one could possibly have stuffed the ballot boxes. "I am determined to make sure that this never happens again," said Sheldon Allred, ASWSC executive vice president, who is in charge of elections. 'The last elections were handled very sloppily and I intend to change that." Allred intends to set up a committee consisting of as many members as there are ballot boxes. Their purpose will be to eliminate any question as to voting fairness by being held responsible for every aspect of the election by-laws, such as campaigning too close to the polls. Allred asserts that each person in charge of a ballot box will be given the box personally and will never leave their post, thereby eliminating any chance of someone stuffing the ballot box. , , see Crime Lab on page 2. Cheating: Student Rights And Responsibilities Editor's Note: This is the final article in a three-part series dealing with the problem of cheating at Weber. In this installment the views of faculty and students are recapped and WSC's policy on cheating is highlighted. by David C. Wright Staff Reporter Over 90 of 100 students polled feel there is a problem with academic dishonesty. The charges range from simple copying to student imposters. While 50 percent of the professors polled agreed with the students, a few said that cheating is no more a problem at Weber than at previous schools they had taught at. The students generally felt that stricter penalties would serve as a deterrent to other would-be cheaters. Most advocated an "F" on the test, and depending on the severity or type of cheating, academic warning or probation would be proper. About 75 percent of the students feel that the first steps to help minimize the cheating should be taken by the instructors. Tighter supervision, staggered tests, new exams each quarter, and a specific time frame in which to take a test in the testing center were all steps promoted by the students. Assistant Dean of Students, Darnell Haney, said that it is the integrity of the individual student that will decide whether or not there will be a cheating problem. Haney added that there is only so much that the faculty can do, and that the students must do their part. Concerning this matter of cheating, one student, a junior, had this to say, T know that it (cheating) goes on a lot more than it should, it's the students' responsibility to stop it. By telling others what is on a test, they are allowing them to cheat. They can't allow others to cheat off them, they have to turn them in so that they know they can't get away with it." According to the "Student Rights and Responsibilities" booklet available to every student, a person enrolling at WSC takes upon himself a code of ethics. One of the responsibilities stated under title three is that students will "maintain academic honesty." This moral code is clearly defined in title twelve under prescribed conduct. Title 12 lists this conduct as follows: 1. Cheating on tests includes: a) . Copying from another student's test paper. b) . Using materials during a test not authorized by the person giving the test. c) . Collaborating with any other person during a test without authority. d) . Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test. e) . Bribing any other person to obtain an unad ministered test or information about an unadministered test. f). Substituting for another student or permitting any other student to substitute for oneself to take a test. 2. "Plagiarism" means the appropriation of any other person's work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one's work offered for credit. This includes purchasing of borrowed papers. 3. "Collusion" means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit. Also included in this list of proscribed conduct is: "Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records or identification cards." School policy on the subject of cheating is further stated in the "Weber State College Policy and Procedures Manual." The following is an excerpt from that manual: II. General: A student enrolling at Weber State College assumes an obligation to conduct himself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Misconduct for which students are subject to discipline falls into the following categories: A. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to thecollege.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-01-24, Vol. 44, No. 26|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|