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Baruch College Students Address Importance of Academic Integrity in Video Competition

Winning Videos Bring Awareness and Provide Guidance


Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Christy (left) and Baruch College students participate in the marshmallow team building challenge during the Academic Integrity Video Competition on November 4.


NEW YORK, NY- November 5, 2014 - Student club teams and individual students competed for Baruch College’s video competition focused on increasing awareness of academic integrity issues. The event was held at a luncheon on Tuesday, November 4, where the Top 10 videos were presented. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Christy selected the top two individual video submissions and top two team video submissions.

For the video competition, students were asked to submit a 30-60 second creative video about an issue related to academic dishonesty (such as plagiarizing, cheating on an exam, working dishonestly with colleagues on a group project, etc.) and offering possible solutions. Individual winners received $250 American Express gift cards and the student club teams were awarded $250 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) co-sponsorship of any event they choose.


Meeting the Challenge

At the beginning of the luncheon, students participated in “the marshmallow challenge,” a team building exercise designed to strengthen decision making skills and peer collaboration. In the exercise, students were placed into teams and given a bag with dry spaghetti, tape, a small paper plate, and thread. The object of the exercise was for the winning team to build the tallest tower possible using these materials on which a marshmallow could rest.

The two student clubs selected as winners for the video contest were the Chinese Christian Fellowship and the Vietnamese Student Association. Both winning teams focused their videos on cheating on exams as a result of not being properly prepared. The Chinese Christian Fellowship urged students “Start to prepare yourself now” and “Don’t let others look down on you.”

AcademicIntegrity2Tanveer Alam (pictured left), a freshman, was one of the individual winners who created a video focused on issues involving plagiarism, which he equated to stealing, and urged all to “make sure you cite, always.” Yi (Coco) Yang, a senior marketing major (pictured below), was the second winning individual video entry. She submitted a video that illustrated the various ways students cheat and reminded everyone that “justice has long arms.”

The project was conceived over the summer in partnership with theAcademicIntegrity3 Office of the Provost and the Undergraduate Student Government. USG President Connor Levens said the USG was in full support of partnering with Baruch faculty to address students’ needs. Provost Christy suggested a video competition because it seemed to be the best way for students to be creative and use technology to illustrate their ideas especially when the subject matter is “couched in a world of compliance, regulation, punishment. You have to have it in a way that people can think of it creatively,” he said.


Watch the winning videos selected for the

Academic Integrity Competition



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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