April Addendum

Hi Everyone-
Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus as well as some notices about concerns. If you have questions about this information, please follow up with those entities using the links below.

April 9 | 10 a.m. | Cape Florida Ballroom, room 316AB inside the Student Union
Please join campus leaders from the UCF Police Department, Student Development and Enrollment Services, and Academic Affairs for an open discussion about campus safety. Campus safety and well-being partners will table before, during and after the discussion to share information about the services their areas provide, and the discussion will be live-streamed on UCF’s Facebook for those who cannot be present.

Curious about course and campus accessibility from a student perspective? Coordinated by Hillel Central Florida, a panel of students with disabilities will offer a range of perspectives on their experiences with classroom and campus accessibility. This session will be a great opportunity for faculty and staff to learn more about what they can do to facilitate inclusive and accessible experiences for disabled students. Lunch will be provided. 

The John C. Hitt Library, the Office of Research, and Faculty Excellence are pleased to announce two upcoming events to be hosted by the Burnett Honors College. The panel sessions described below will highlight the diverse research interests and publishing activities of scholars in the College of Arts & Humanities. We invite you to attend one or both sessions and, since seating in the Honors College reading room in limited to 25, please RSVP by using the link below.

UCF Faculty Author Series: Academic Publishing

  • April 12, 2018 – 4 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: The Burnett Honors College Reading Room

Please join us as UCF faculty members Anastasia Salter (School of Visual Arts and Design), Blake Scott (Writing & Rhetoric), and Keri Watson (School of Visual Arts and Design) discuss their approaches to successful writing and publishing in an academic environment. The panelists will share their most recent publications and writing experiences, which will be followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be provided.

UCF Faculty Author Series: Book Editing

  • April 19, 2018 – 4 pm to 5 pm
  • Location: The Burnett Honors College Reading Room

Please join us as UCF faculty members Anna Jones (English), Michael Strawser (Philosophy), and Pavel Zemliansky (Writing & Rhetoric) discuss their experiences editing book collections. The panelists will share their recent publications as well as the lessons they learned from their experiences with the editing process. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucf-faculty-author-series-tickets-44553558894

This is the time of the semester when websites such as Course Hero, Study Soup, Koofers, One Class, and EduZaurus (yes, that is the name) prey on students’ vulnerabilities regarding their current mental state associated with grades. Students receive text messages, Facebook posts, and Twitter announcements from these sites with some very clever and seemingly OK rationalizations to entice students to cheat.

With phrases such as…

  • “All assignments we produce on our website are 100% plagiarism free.”
  • “Each essay is written from scratch.  You are only paying for unique papers.”
  • “Your campus can never find out you used us.”
  • “You worked hard all semester. You deserve an A.”
  • “Your paper will be written on time. You’ll never have to worry about turning in an assignment late and you’re bound to become your professor’s favorite.”

…students will use such a service in order to protect their grades.  Should students know better?  Absolutely, and if a student choses to use such a site with the intent to deceive, consequences need to be enforced. Just as these vendors are clever with convincing students to cheat, we can be just as convincing in our message of integrity. It is time for us as Professors and Instructors to have a conversation with students about not moving one’s moral compass to do something they (the students) know is not the right thing to do. 

The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development is available to come speak to classes about this topic. Feel free to contact us through our online workshop request form at http://ied.sdes.ucf.edu/outreach. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on the last Wednesday of the month for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to fctl@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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