Bluefield College and Concord University to Co-Sponsor Integrity Teleconference, Tuesday, April 3

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 16 2007

CONTACT: Stephen D. Rowe, Library Director, Professor of English

Bluefield College and Concord University to Co-Sponsor Integrity Teleconference, Tuesday, April 3

Athens, W.Va. – The student Alpha Chi Honor Society chapters of Bluefield College and Concord University will team up to co-sponsor a teleconference from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. The event, which will feature the participation of nationally-known panelists, will deal with the subject of “Integrity in Academic Writing.”

Dr. Rob Merritt, Chair of Language, Literature and Communications Department of Bluefield College, advises the Virginia Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi, and Dr. Stephen Rowe, Library Director and Professor of English, sponsors the West Virginia Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi at Concord University. The two sponsors stated that this is the first time, to their knowledge, that an AX group has staged a teleconference and certainly the first time that two AX chapters have combined to co-sponsor such an event.

The two AX groups have arranged for Dr. Dennis Organ, Executive Director of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Chris Keanneally of the Copyright Clearance Center in Danvers, Mass., and Timothy M. Dodd, Executive Director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University to join the panel discussion as remote panelists via teleconferencing linkups. Students and faculty from Bluefield College and Concord University will participate at a Concord University teleconference site in Athens.

Conference panelists will discuss issues of integrity in student, faculty and administrative academic writing. Both the ethics and legal ramifications of dishonesty in writing will be subjects for the panelists’ consideration.

“The ease of electronic copying of written work makes plagiarism seem a victimless crime,” said Dr. Rowe, who continued to comment that students do not often understand that “borrowing” the contents of a disk or an Internet text file is a dishonest act which may have serious consequences.

Copyright Clearance’s Chris Keanneally will bring a very professional view of the legal consequences for college faculty or administrators who may inadvertently or deliberately fail to acknowledge their cited sources or who may neglect to receive clearance to use copyrighted materials.

The teleconference may be viewed by going to and following links to the event. DVD copies of the conference will be available upon request to The conference DVDs are free thanks to a grant from the National Council of Alpha Chi.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.