Academic Misconduct | Evaluations

Academic Misconduct

The Department of English takes seriously instances of academic misconduct on the part of its students and acts in accordance with University Faculty Rules governing cases of alleged dishonesty.  All departmental instructors should include in any course syllabus an "academic misconduct" statement and take steps to ensure students understand what types of behaviors may be considered violations of the University's Code of Student Conduct.  

Instructors should be proactive in structuring assignments and activities to provide students insights on actions that may lead to allegations, but are not authorized to impose penalties for such actions.  All cases of suspected misconduct, including but not limited to plagiarism, should be reported to the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM).  COAM is charged by the University Senate to investigate all reported cases of alleged academic misconduct by students.  In those instances where a student is found in violation, COAM alone is empowered to determine a suitable disciplinary sanction.

Instructors who suspect a student is in violation of the Code should report their suspicions to the proper departmental authorities who can offer assistance specific to the circumstances of the allegations:

  • for first- and second-year writing programs, to the Ombud, Debra Lowry;
  • for all other undergraduate courses, to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Clare Simmons;
  • for graduate courses, to the Director of Graduate Studies, Amanpal Garcha.

COAM provides numerous resources to inform and assist instructors in helping students avoid suspicious behaviors which may lead to allegations and sanction.  Visit the COAM site for additional details as well as helpful Committee responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

Teaching Evaluations

Evaluation of teaching effectiveness is a central component of overall academic program assessment. Written evaluations provide valuable feedback to instructors as well as insights for program and course directors into what works well in the curriculum.

Discursives:  Discursive evaluations are required for all English courses. Discursive evaluations are useful in demonstrating to others the excellence of your teaching; they provide a narrative which illustrates your commitment to your professional development and growth as a teacher. Direct any questions you may have regarding teaching evaluations to Debra Lowry, 614-292-3812. For additional resources regarding how to document your teaching effectiveness visit the published by the OSU University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT).

Format:  In the Department of English some program directors require instructors to utilize standardized evaluation forms. Consult the appropriate program or course director if you have questions about required forms. Otherwise, instructors are free to develop evaluation forms of their own design. Make sure your evaluation form includes a place specifically for student comments on the performance of the instructor. Feel free to use the generic forms available at the links below, in whole or in part:

Disposition of Discursive Evaluations by Term:  Discursive evaluations should be administered sometime during the last two to four weeks of the academic term. Ask a student in your class to collect discursive evaluations, to place them in the marked, pre-addressed campus envelope provided to you by the Department, and to return them to the Department of English, 421 Denney Hall. Students may place envelopes in campus mail or hand-carry them to Denney Hall.

Discursive evaluations will be retained securely until the date upon which grades are due and prior to distribution to departmental mailboxes. They will be returned to instructors promptly following the deadline for submission of grades: to GTAs and lecturers upon completion of review by course directors, and to faculty subject in the case of graduate classes to submission of graduate reports.

SEIs:  All Department of English faculty and GTAs are asked to urge their students to complete university-level Student Evaluations of Teaching (SEIs).  Direct general SEI questions to the SEI administrator or visit the SEI website.

English faculty may wish to combine SEIs for the newly-decimalized graded and S/U versions of courses at the 5000-level and above.  It is recommended that all such offerings be combined as the minimum number of responses required for generating SEI reports by class number is 5.

To ensure reports are properly generated for these offerings by merging combined classes into single SEI reports each term, email directly.  Ask the SEI office to combine the SEI reports.  Provide:

  • your username (name.number),
  • the class numbers of all the classes to be combined
  • the class number that will provide the title for the SEI Report (subject and catalog number, e.g. English 5710).

To find all listings and the appropriate numbers for making this request of the SEI administrator, search the Schedule of Classes under English via “Class Search” in SIS at Buckeyelink for the course number (or any decimal version, e.g. 5710.01).  Select and click the highlighted class number for one of the combined sections you view as a result of your search .  In the “combined section” block of the detail page all sections will pop up in one spot.  Provide the SEI administrator the class numbers in parentheses.

Combined course listing tutorial screenshot 1.

Those teaching cross-listed courses may also wish to communicate information to the SEI administrator to combine SEIs for the cross-lists with other departments.  Search for the English version of the cross-listed course, click on the highlighted class number of the listing and in the “combined section” block of the detail page all sections will pop up in one spot.  Provide the SEI administrator the class numbers in parentheses.

Combined course listing tutorial screenshot 2.

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