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Academic ethics expert to discuss academic integrity issues

ATHENS, Ohio (June 1, 2006) -- Gary Pavela, a recognized expert on plagiarism in higher education, will present a public lecture and forum on "Promoting and Protecting Academic Integrity" on Tuesday, June 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Stocker Center 103 at Ohio University

Gary PavelaHosted by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Pavela, director of judicial programs and student ethical development at the University of Maryland, College Park, will talk on "Promoting and Protecting Academic Integrity." The lecture will focus on such topics as:

  • Moving beyond "us versus them:" forming partnerships with students
  • Developing a "modified honor code"
  • Due process and degree revocation
  • Academic integrity as a bridge to student ethical development

Pavela has been described as "an authority on academic ethics" by The New York Times and "an authority on student conduct issues" by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

He has consulted on legal issues and student conduct policies at many leading universities, including Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of California at San Diego, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, Georgetown University, The United States Naval Academy, Lehigh University, Brown University, Colgate University and Smith College.

He worked as a staff attorney for the State University of New York/Central Administration, was a law clerk to the late Chief Judge Alfred P. Murrah of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and served as a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. (the training arm of the United States Courts).

A member of the Advisory Board of the Kenan Ethics Institute at Duke University, Pavela is a past president of the National Center for Academic Integrity, a consortium of 200 universities that collaborate on academic integrity policies and procedures.

Pavela's many awards and honors include the 2002 fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Fellows of the Association are identified as individuals who have "brought distinction to higher education and to the practice of law on behalf of colleges and universities across the nation." In 2005 he received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' "Outstanding Contribution to Literature and Research Award."

A former fellow at the University of Wisconsin Center for Behavioral Science and Law, Pavela holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in intellectual history from Wesleyan University. 

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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