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A Dartmouth College philosophy professor who uses cheating at golf as a model for academic cheating will speak in the Old Dominion University Lecture Series on Ethics, Professional Standards and Responsible Conduct from 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Webb Center's Cape Charles/Isle of Wight Rooms.

The visit by Bernard Gert, Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth, is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools awarded to the ODU Office of Graduate Studies.

The title of his lecture will be "Who Is Cheated by Cheating." Gert believes universities should make clear that faculty and administrators function as referees or umpires-or golf tournament officials-to assure each student a fair chance to compete with others.

The lecture series continues in April with a talk by Kirk McDermid, professor of philosophy and religion at Montclair State University: "Plagiarism and Writing Assessment: Is There a Best Policy for (Academic) Honesty?" The talk will be from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Webb Center's Hampton/Newport News Rooms.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. Anyone wanting more information, including sponsors who would like to attend the lectures with groups of college or high school students, should contact Yvette Pearson, assistant professor of philosophy at ODU and co-director of the university's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, at 683-6509 or ypearson@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: February 20, 2007

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