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Students Report on Academic Di

EDITOR'S NOTE: The folowing
is a statement by the Literary
College Steering Committee on dis-
honesty in the-classroom. It is part
of a series of similar statements
concerning issues important' to lit-1
erary college students. Future state-
ments will be printed as they are
In the past such groups as the
Administrative Board of the lit-
erary college and The Daily have
published reports concerning dis-
honesty at the University. We on
the literary college steering com-'
mittee are aware that student
dishonesty is still a problem and,
therefore have written this re-1
port... / I
We realize that the problem of
student dishonesty and the larg-
est responsibility to eradicate it
lies with each individual student..
However, some conditions of 'stu-
dent evaluation do provide open
opportunities -for student dishon-
esty. This report will bring to thea
attention of the faculty once
again some', of these conditions,
and will also suggest several ways
in which evaluation procedures
might be altered so as .to allow1
a more equitable student evalua-
Guild Plans
Free Movies
Cinema Guild this fall will pre-
sent three free movie programs in
addition to its regular film fare.
The showings will be of films
obtained from the New York Mu-
seum of Modern Art. The museum
requested that no admission be
charged for them. :
"We got them anyway because
we believe these films should be
shown on this campus. Showing
them free was the only way," Alan
Glueckman, '66, the Guild's pro-
gram director, explained recently.
The regular programs sponsored
by the Guild, a board associated
with Student Government Council,
will run Thursday through Satur-
day each week.
Among these performances wil"
be two programs of experimental
films, the titles of which are yet
to be announced, on Oct. 22-23
and Nov. 12-13.
The three free showings will be
held at 7 and 9 p.m. on:
-Sept. 9, featuring Rene Clair's
"Entr'Acte," Luis Bunuel and Sal-
vador Dali's "Un Chien Andalou"
and Mae West 4nd Cary Grant
in "She Done Him Wrong";
-Oct. 7, featuring Fritz Lang's
" Nov. 11, featuring Alfred
Hitchcock's "Notorious."
The entire list of showings is
available at the SAB and the Ad-
ministration 'Bldg.

I. The Opportunities -for Student
1) Inadequate or superficial
proctoring of examinations. This
can become a problem particularly
in overcrowded or large class-
2) Repeated use of identical
questions on exams and the as-
signment of similar topics on pa-
pers or other outside projects. This
condition, combined with the
knowledge that others in the


II. Suggestions for Improving
Student Evaluation Procedures
It it felt that certain conditions
in student evaluation procedures
might be altered so as to make
the process more equitable for all
students, allowing all an equal op-
portunity to perform under the
testing and grading procedure.
Specifically, we list athe follow-
ing as desirable conditions:
1) Adequate warning before ex-
aminations and due dates of out-
side papers. The student with four
or five courses often find them
all descending on him at once;
with adequate warning, he can
compete on a more equal basis
with the student who, by chance,
was not subjected to the unfor-
tunate set of circumstances.


course are utilizing it, and the
pressure of the grading system
felt by almost all students, may
often cause students to make use
of the opportunity as an only
practical alternative.
3) Lab reports and other out-
side projects which require excep-
tionally large amounts of time.
The student in some courses often
views the'. time required as too
large in comparison to the credit
he receives for this type of work
and to the learned skill or knowl-
edge in preparing this work ...
4) Objective examinations. Ex-
aminations fo this type can lead
to cheating in several ways: Near-
by objective exams are much more
easily read than the subjective
type; cram sheets and other such
devices can thrive; helpful neigh-
bors and friends are much more
useful.Obviously in many courses
this is the only feasible type of
exam, but if other forms can be
utilized these opportunities for dis-
honesty can be reduced. Even with
the objective type the visual ac-
cessibility of the neighbor's exam
can be reduced by such methodE
is alternating the question or page
order on different exam copies.
5) Hourly and final examina-
tions loosely guarded before the
time they are to be givert.
6) The repetition of an identi-
cal examination at different times,
separated occasionally by as much
is a day or two. Under these con-
ditions, any loose examination may
find its way out of the room
after the earlier exam for use by
the friend taking the later exam

shonesty Assign Post
2) Testing in uncrowded quar- -10 J a 1er
ters whenever possible .,.
3) Examinations which are ad- After two deadlocked meetings,
justed to the length of the test- members of the Human Relations
ing period. An overly lengthy exam Commission decided last week by
may result in more of a test of a six-to-four vote to make Paul G.
mayreultinmor o a es of iWagner their permanent chair--
who can stay calm under extreme hnman.
pressure than who knows and who Wagner had served as acting1
can apply the course material. It chairman since last May, when
can frustrate any student and may City Council passed the amend-
lead to the student attitude of ment placing authority to fill the
"why learn the material when it post solely in the hands of the
can't be shown on the exam any- HRC members. Previous to this
way?" Wagner served for three years as
4) Careful subject-matter plan- chairman by appointment of May-
ning to prevent the necessity o1 or Cecil O. Creal.
covering an excessive amount of The incumbent, a white, defeat-
material in the last few weeks of ed Harry A. Mial, a Negro and
class. This is particularly relevant member of the HRC since last.
with the shortened trimester fin- winter. In each of the previous
al examination schedule commenc-, elections of June and July, Mial
ing immediately after the end of had received five votes.
classes. Wagner, president of Wagner &
5) All practical precautions tak- Co. men's clothing firm, has been
en to prevent cheating, assuring active in local civic affairs. He is
the student he is being evaluated a past president of the Chain-
on an equitable basis ... ber of Commerce and YM-YWCA.
Whatever can be done to mini- The commission, normally com-
mize student dishonesty and max- prised of 12 members, had only
imize equitable evaluation will help 10 present for the meeting. One
to create a stronger atmosphere vacancy on the HRC has not yet
of intellectual integrity and a more been filled following the resigna-
pleasant education process. tion of Rev. Lyman S. Parks.

A group of Ann Arbor voters
dedicated to the defeat of Sen.
Barry Goldwater detailed their
plans last Tuesday.
"Americans to Defeat Gold-
water," formed early this month,
has slated the following activi-
ties for the coming months, ac-.
cording to the chairman of its
steering committee, David Spaan:t
First, it will "seek an informed
and responsible membership and
supply it with educational mater-
Reasonable Likelihood
Second, it will appeal especially
to "voters who might be expected
to vote for Sen. Goldwater, but
on whom there is a reasonable
likelihood of making some impres-
Spaan emphasized that "this is
definitely not aDemocratic or-,
ganization. It is not affiliated with
the Democrats or any other par-
ty." In fact, the organization par-
ticularly welcomes normally Re-
publican voters and independent.
voters, he said.
He added that the group is
willing to cooperate with any oth-

' and a newsletter, and placeme
posters and displays. The
has already put out several h
bills and published their
newsletter Tuesday.
"Americans to Defeat C
water" will not concentrate
Goldwater's stands on civil r
the organization's first new
ter said. "This issue is being
ficiently discussed by other
It added, "we will restric
arguments to issues, policies
persons directly connected
the candidacy of Sen. Goldw
and not to other candidates."
On the Record
"The arguments (we use ai
Goldwater) will be based or
refer to officials statements,
ihgs, and political record of
candidate, and the statement
record of his running mate,
tical aides and managers, an
BARRY GOLDWATER nificant groups and divic
supporting him, insofar as
er group which shares its basic statements and records perta
aim, the defeat of Goldwater. his candidacy."
Published Newsletters "Americans to Defeat:
The organization also plans pub- water" does not plan any de.
lication of handbills, pamphlets, strations or protests.

Political Group States Aims

Press EthicQ
(Continued from Page 1)
the college or university. The res-
olution also declares that no news-
paper should bear the ;official uni-
versity seal or motto.
Full Access
The resolution on uninterrupted
access to news sources called for
the "opening of lines of com-
munication between the student
press and members of the faculty
and administration, including full
access to all meetings, policy de-
cisions, and other activities af-
fecting members of the acad1emic
It also declares that suppres-
sion of information concerning
student groups must be eliminat-
The USSPA resolution concern-
ing the role of the printer further
establisher the authority of the
student editor, stating that the
printer has neither the right to
change or delete newspaper copy
nor the right to divulge the news-
paper's content without the edi-
tor's consent.

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