Category Archives: GRAD5014: Ethics & Scholarly Integrity

GRAD 5014: Week 4 The VT Graduate Honors System, Part I

This week’s news is about integrity in the sports, Anthony Bosch talked about how he helped Alex Rodriguez using drugs to improve his performance in baseball games.  I am astonished to know that how those players treat integrity with lies and tricks, and this is so unfair for clean players. The most unacceptable thing is that Anthony Bosch who helped the players with drug uses said that it is part of the game, it is not wrong to use drugs, but it is just the matter of how and when you use it.  His attitude must enraged many audience.

Similar as the integrity in sports, the integrity in academia is also very important. I have read about the Graduate Honor System,  and I think it is the Constitution is very organized and in detailed, in addition, I didn’t think deep enough about the differences of some of  the violations. For instance,  the differences between plagiarism and falsification.  I also learned Academic Sabotage as a new phrase.

I think a university Honor Code can help student avoid cheating, plagiarism,  falsification, and academic sabotage.  Every graduate student should learn about it before they start really conducting research or teaching.

One of the responsibilities of the university to maintain academic integrity is to educate all the students about the importance of integrity and also it would be  very helpful if the advisors of the graduate students are aware of the cultural differences among different nations and be more sympathy and willing to help with the students.

Grad 5014 Week 3: Defining Academic Integrity

This week, we learned about defining academic integrity. This week’s ethics news which is about the Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer being fired for changing a photo he took as a photojournalist, really left a deep impression on me, as I thought as I didn’t realize altering a photo could also be a violation of integrity. 

I have read the “On Being a Scientist” during my Research Methods class last fall semester when I was a first year PhD student.  It has been very helpful for me in my research and also course works.

I have a better understanding of the  chapter on authorship and allocation of credit as I have experienced some hard times with authorship issue.  I completed an abstract for the Gerontological Society of America annual conference and I took it for granted that the professor who helped me editing the abstract should be the co-author and I added her name without asking, and the professor was very unpleased about this. At first, I felt strange and couldn’t understand why she was upset about it, but after read the norms and values, I knew that whether someone should be added as co-author depends on the intellectual contributions that a person has made,  not depends on the time or efforts, and editing is not considered as intellectual contribution. In addition, I should always talk with the professor or co-workers about the authorship ahead of time, and make it clear to everyone.  Now I know where I made a mistake and how to avoid this kind of mistakes in the future.

The case study offered in this module is also very interesting,  I think the committee should investigate the student’s data to determine guilt or innocence and if Ms. Smart is found guilty, her degree should be revoked and the problem shouldn’t be let go even she’s already graduated.

GRAD5014: Week 2-The Purpose of the Research University

In this week, we talked about the purpose and history of the university in general and also about Virginia Tech. I am really impressed and also glad to learn about the history of VT, and I feel that all the students in VT should take this class and learn about our history.

In my opinion, from the perspective of a student, the purpose of the university or higher education should be to enable the students to learn knowledge and skills in order to pursue their goals or dreams in life, and also be able to serve the community or society. From the society’s perspective,  the purposes of university or higher education are to discover new knowledge that push humankind forward, and also serve the community or society as an education and research institute.

Personally, what I hope to gain from my education is the ability to learn new knowledge, the research attitude and skills, and also a healthy life style. Professionally, I want to gain the ability of information collection and managing, so I can stay and catch up with the edge of the new research in my field.  I think the purpose of Virginia Tech fits well with the purpose of my own life.

There are many ways that models of the American research university different from those in China, the one that I think universities in China should learn from the American research universities is the attitude and principle of serving the community.  I think universities in China emphasized more on research and education, but not enough about giving back to the society and serving the community.

GRAD5014: Week 1

Self introduction– discipline, background, research and professional interests.

My name is Yujun Liu, a second year PhD student in the department of Human Development, here at Virginia Tech.

My hometown is Shandong, China. I got my Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, before that I was in China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.  Currently, I am studying Adult Development and Aging and my research interests include dementia care, gerotechnology, and aging in place.

What are your initial impressions of this statement of principles? What are principles (versus laws, beliefs, facts, etc)?

My initial impression of the Virginia Tech Principles of Community is that Virginia Tech is very international, and emphasizes on the universal aspects of equality and justice.  In my opinion, principles are a series of concepts or assumptions that defined by certain individuals or organizations. It is suggested but not enforced by government or society.

What do you make of the acknowledgement that the university includes, in part, “a legacy that reflected bias and exclusion.” What does this suggest to you?

I don’t quite understand the full meaning of this acknowledgement.

Which of the principles do you find most intriguing? 

I find the principle “We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)” most intriguing.  This principle reflects the overall characteristics of this university, and it also reminds the students that one of the goals of education is to be able to serve the need of the community and society.