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  • Virginia Military Institute - Conference Concept Originates with VMI Cadets
    conference VMI Photo by Kevin Remington The 500 seat Gillis Theater on the VMI post was filled to capacity with high school and college students and teachers from across the nation as VMI s second biennial Leadership Conference Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities opened yesterday The conference continues today as the current generation of students takes the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity LEXINGTON March 6 2012 The topic for this year s Leadership Conference was put forward by cadets from VMI s Honor Court who wanted to make a difference in how students in America s colleges and high schools perceived the concepts of cheating and integrity Cadet Quinn Adams 12 president of the VMI Honor Court addressed participants in Gillis Theater yesterday afternoon explaining the Honor Court s involvement in seeking a forum for a nationwide discussion of cheating lying and honor This conference would never have happened if not for an idea brought forth by the VMI Honor Court said Capt Susan Rabern director of VMI s Center for Leadership and Ethics in introducing members of the Honor Court Adams noted the importance of having a discussion that includes many points of view with the participation of many institutions We re not promoting this conference as something where VMI has all the answers said Adams If we can all put together and implement the ideas we talked about today we can make a difference Adams spoke of making a fundamental change in the way society views cheating and he sees this conference as being the first step in that journey We are the people who will lead that change the people in this room today said Adams Our generation has the chance to fix

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  • Virginia Military Institute - For Honor to Work, You’ve Got to Have Buy-In
    to Work You ve Got to Have Buy In Dr Eric Anderman discusses the nature of cheating VMI Photo by John Robertson IV The 500 seat Gillis Theater on the VMI post was filled to capacity with high school and college students and teachers from across the nation as VMI s second biennial Leadership Conference Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities opened yesterday The conference continued today as the current generation of students took the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity LEXINGTON Va March 6 2012 Dr Eric Anderman professor of education psychology at the Ohio State University compared cheating to placing a vote it s a deliberate choice that individuals make that cannot be revoked The metaphor was especially timely since he addressed conference attendees on Super Tuesday a primary voting day here in Virginia and in Anderman s home state of Ohio Anderman examined reasons that people cheat and techniques that can be used from an educational perspective to curb cheating The strongest predictor of whether or not kids cross that line and vote to cheat and actually cheat is how much emphasis they personally place on grades and ability and how much emphasis their teachers and schools place on them said Anderman Anderman communicated the necessity of having honor systems that are supported by faculty students administration and parents Any effort will fail if you don t have buy in from everybody That s one of the things that I think is really great about this conference said Anderman It s one of the first times in my career that I ve seen a large group where everybody is buying into the same concept Anderman expressed his hope that conversations initiated at this conference will

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Raise a Ruckus. Start a Movement
    Hall Lexington VA 24450 Raise a Ruckus Start a Movement A VMI Cadet asks a question during one of this afternoon s presentations in Cameron Hall VMI Photo by John Robertson IV The 500 seat Gillis Theater on the VMI post was filled to capacity with high school and college students and teachers from across the nation as VMI s second biennial Leadership Conference Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities opened yesterday The conference continued today as the current generation of students took the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity LEXINGTON Va March 6 2012 The front line is here at schools Dr David Callahan told VMI s Leadership Conference during one of today s afternoon sessions Turn up the heat Callahan took the stage in Cameron Hall to talk about how to create a movement one starting with this conference This movement needs to push our high schools and universities to care more about cheating to find the resources he said noting that student movements have made a difference in a range of issues including sexual harassment on campuses diversity issues and sourcing of school clothing to businesses that don t run sweatshops When students shout loudly enough about an issue when they push for change things happen said Callahan If you want to stop cheating in your school you need to raise a ruckus That said Callahan is the first goal of the new movement The second is to find allies Why can t Congress get involved in the cheating issue I d like to see public hearings and official reports that go after schools which turn a blind eye on cheating The movement needs to make enough noise to get heard in high places If

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Endemic Lying and Cheating Lead to ‘Jungle’ Law
    Kathleen Rice opened the second day of VMI s Leadership Conference with discussion of lying and cheating on a grand scale Stewart has written about Martha Stewart Major League baseball player Barry Bonds Bush administration adviser Scooter Libby and Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff They all have something in common convictions for lying about their own illegal actions Rice is prosecuting an SAT cheating scandal on Long Island N Y which though it originated at Great Neck North High School has proved to be indicative of a systemic rather than a local problem The consequences said Stewart are vast He described how the rich famous powerful people he has written about lie because they are surrounded by people who never contradict them and because they think they are going to get away with it But the willingness of lawyers accountants trainers and friends to lie under oath could break the U S system of justice Our legal system is one big honor code said Stewart We ask citizens to take the witness stand and then actually tell the truth It s breathtaking when you think about it It s nothing but a commitment to honesty and it has worked for centuries The cost of the lies is high he said It took almost 10 years to bring Bonds to trial because almost everyone in that case lied It cost American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars sucking resources that could have been devoted to more important cases Noting that the alternative to the rule of law is law of the jungle Stewart touched on an issue of particular interest to the cadets in the audience the tension between loyalty to one s comrades Brother Rats at VMI and loyalty to one s values In the cases he s seen that misguided sense of loyalty runs only in one direction from the poor to the rich from the weak to the powerful The powerful demand the truth as they see it That s lying at the top Rice has been investigating cheating at the bottom in a case that started with school rumors heard by administrators who did the right thing But once they had identified and punished the students who had paid college student Sam Eshaghoff to take the SAT for them they had to turn to the district attorney s office for his prosecution She surprised many when she made the hard choice to prosecute the students as well I was criticized at the time said Rice They said How can you prosecute these kids It s not their fault There s too much pressure at these schools But Rice was looking at it another way Without the students who paid him you don t have a Sam Eshaghoff We re beginning to see a culture of What s the big deal So they cheated But Rice wanted to see real change she wanted to see SAT and ACT testing made secure So she expanded her investigation and soon

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Identifying Deception Society’s Responsibility
    to capacity with high school and college students and teachers from across the nation as VMI s second biennial Leadership Conference Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities opened yesterday The conference continues today as the current generation of students takes the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity LEXINGTON Va March 6 2012 Pamela Meyer author of Liespotting Proven Techniques to Detect Deception concluded the first day of VMI s Leadership Conference by describing how falsehoods can be detected through attention to verbal cues body language and attitudes indicative of dishonesty We can learn to identify deception and build organizations and institutions that are based on trust and integrity that is verified and therefore longer lasting said Meyer According to Meyer not only is it necessary to refrain from telling lies but it is imperative that one not be party to a lie Lying is a cooperative act said Meyer Holding up a code of honor and integrity might require that we get a little bit better at spotting lies Meyer described verbal cues such as over emphasizing using formal language euphemizing making weak denials and offering excessive detail In addition Meyer gave examples of body language that indicates disingenuousness such as wringing one s hands performing grooming gestures and closing one s eyes while speaking Meyer illustrated these clues by showing footage from news and films which displayed the telltale signs of deceit including clips of Bill Clinton Herman Cain John Edwards and Alex Rodriguez Meyer described American society as a post truth society in which Americans have become deeply ambivalent about telling the truth Why are we ambivalent about the truth asked Meyer We re actually pretty ambivalent about ourselves and we all kind of hate to

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Doing the Right Thing When No One Is Looking
    today The conference will continue tomorrow when the current generation of students takes the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity Former FBI Director Addresses Conference LEXINGTON Va March 5 2012 The entire VMI Corps of Cadets along with about 500 participants from colleges and high schools around the nation gathered in Cameron Hall to hear Louis J Freeh speak on the nature of cheating and dishonesty in America Freeh served as director of the FBI from 1993 to 2001 and is currently CEO of Freeh Group International a global consulting enterprise The issue is cheating but the issue is obviously much larger than that said Freeh It s a seminar about honor and integrity the values that are core and have been core here since 1839 and which will serve you all and the country very well whether you become military officers or go into our corporate suites Freeh spoke from his long experience in both the public and private sectors drawing from his knowledge of crime in America as well as his experience working with corporate America His private sector experience has given him a unique perspective into corporate ethics government relations risk and global security that is crucial to corporate practice in the 21st century said Gen J H Binford Peay III 62 VMI superintendent in introducing Freeh This experience has also given him a unique insight into what s happening in America Freeh advocated changing the way Americans think about cheating from an isolated situation in schools and colleges to a problem pervading all aspects of American society Part of the disservice that we do in talking about college cheating or high school cheating or SAT cheating in a vacuum is that it doesn t occur in a vacuum said Freeh

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Educators, Students Share Cheating Stories
    and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Educators Students Share Cheating Stories Students from different military schools discussed the issues in this afternoon s workshop VMI Photo by Kevin Remington The 500 seat Gillis Theater on the VMI post was filled to capacity with high school and college students and teachers from across the nation as VMI s second biennial Leadership Conference Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities opened today The conference will continue tomorrow when the current generation of students takes the lead in discussing and presenting strategies for encouraging academic and personal integrity LEXINGTON Va March 5 2012 Registrants at VMI s Leadership Conference had the opportunity to share stories during this afternoon s first session College and high school students met in small groups in the Hall of Valor to discuss a list of questions provided to them by conference speaker Dr David Callahan The questions elicited speculation about why students cheat discussion of the roles of teachers administrators and student organizations in reducing cheating and thoughts about appropriate punishments for cheating Students from VMI the Air Force Academy the U S Military Academy Texas A M University Bridgewater College and two high schools were selected to present the results of this discussion as part of a panel A VMI cadet on the panel noted that the system must be supported by the Corps of Cadets or the student body Callahan agreed and added that at military schools conflicts between loyalty to students classmates and to their values seems to be a common issue Meanwhile in Gillis Theater educators shared with one another and conference speaker Eric Anderman their own experiences with

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  • Virginia Military Institute - VMI Conference on Cheating the Birth of a Movement
    a teacher I was absolutely floored by how many of my students cheated said Anderman looking back on his time as a middle and high school teacher a graduate teaching assistant and professor at The Ohio State University The amount of cheating we see at our university boggles the mind This conference could not be more timely and it couldn t be more important said Callahan author of The Cheating Culture Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead The epidemic of cheating in our high schools and our colleges is unacceptable It undermines the basic idea of meritocracy of the level playing field Cheating doesn t just undermine education he added It undermines America and what this country is all about But though cheating is prevalent across American society and American schools Anderman s research has identified factors that influence cheating making it more or less common in various environments When people cheat they make a decision he said a decision based mainly on three issues their own goals their confidence in their ability to do well without cheating and the costs associated with cheating Studies show that males cheat more than females and that more cheating occurs in science math business and engineering classes than in humanities and social science classes Studies show that older students cheat more than younger students and that low achievers cheat more than high achievers But more important than any of these factors said Anderman is whether or not cheaters are likely to get caught An estimated 90 percent of all cheaters don t This is a huge thing that figures into the decision making process said Anderman That element of the cultural environment whether or not cheating is tolerated is key Also key is whether the teaching environment emphasizes mastery or grades For students wherever grades are emphasized over mastery cheating increases A similar emphasis exerts a similar influence in the work environment for teachers High stakes testing is a tremendous force in teachers lives said Anderman noting cheating scandals in Chicago and Georgia in which teachers were suspected of helping their students cheat The repercussions of failed standardized tests at the state and federal level are perceived by many school teachers to be dire While Anderman explained the particulars of who cheats and how and why Callahan cast cheating in schools in the broader context of an overall ethics crisis Here is what I know about the state of ethics in America We have problems big problems It s not just our college campuses where people cheat not by a long shot he said pointing up instances of unethical behavior by doctors lawyers accountants athletes and journalists that have made the news in the 10 years he has been studying the issue Many Americans cheat on their taxes tax evasion costs over 300 billion a year Theft at the workplace embezzlement is actually the most costly form of crime in the United States And a great many ordinary Americans engage

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