International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

A MATTER OF ETHICS

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) chose a three-tier national project on ethics: A Matter of Ethics. This project was such a huge success, they voted to continue their ongoing efforts for another three years. This will allow ACHS honor societies to unite in a common program and provide opportunities for collaboration of individual societies on campuses. Each campus may choose their topic of ethics as they see fit. Participation in this national project would be voluntary and vary by discipline, chapter, and size. The hope is that colleges and surrounding communities will become more aware of the various facets of ethical issues, and to serve as role models of ethical behavior for members of the academic community.

The ACHS has joined The Center for Academic Integrity, a consortium of 200+ colleges and universities which seek to encourage campus conversations regarding the importance of academic integrity. Professor Donald McCabe of Rutgers University founded the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI). This organization is now housed on the campus of Duke University. Their research shows that rates of cheating among American high school and college students are high and increasing. More than 75 percent of college students have cheated during their college days, 80 percent of high-achieving, college-bound high school students have cheated, think cheating is commonplace, and do not consider cheating a serious transgression. One website providing free term papers averaged 80,000 hits per day.

There was an article in USA Weekend (April 23-25, 2004) entitled, “The Cheating Life.” According to this article, the top three forms of cheating are: workplace theft, tax evasion and academic dishonesty.

With upper management executives in the news for unethical behavior in business, this trend is very significant and should be a high priority at every level of education, business and government According to the CAI, “Academic integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.” You can receive additional information about the Center at http://www.academicintegrity.org.

Nannerl O. Keohane, president of Duke University, stated, “The Center for Academic Integrity’s research shows that campus norms and practices, such as effective honor codes, can make a significant difference in student behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs…All of us - faculty, administrators, students, trustees, and concerned alumni - have a responsibility to get involved. Raising the level of student academic integrity should be among our highest priorities on college and university campuses.”

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS!

We have had another good year for new chapters chartering - two new chapters during the 2008-09 school year – the Kansas Kappa chapter at Central Christian College and the Massachusetts Epsilon chapter at Springfield College.

We had four chapters reactivate during the last year. They are the Louisiana Alpha chapter at Louisiana Tech University, Oklahoma Theta chapter at Oklahoma Baptist University, Pennsylvania Theta chapter at Slippery Rock University and Virginia Theta chapter at James Madison University.

We welcome these chapters to the Pi Gamma Mu family!

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Front Page

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FIRST IDEAL

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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HALL OF FAME AWARD

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IDEALS OF PI GAMMA MU

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U.S. STUDENT SHADOW PRESIDENT UPDATE

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OPPORTUNITY FOR GIVING

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CHAPTERS IN ACTION

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A MATTER OF ETHICS

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

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HONOR CORDS AVAILABLE

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MEMBERSHIP REPORT

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MEMBERSHIP IS AN EMPLOYMENT ADVANTAGE!

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DOES YOUR CHAPTER HAVE A BANNER?

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