SEE has been administering the Academic Integrity PSA contest since the 2014-2015 school year. The contest invites Connecticut secondary students from public and private schools to create and broadcast within their school community a PSA in support of academic integrity.
Submission Requirements & Eligibility
A Connecticut school faculty member or club sponsor completes online registration for individuals or a class to enter the Academic Integrity PSA contest.
All participants must be enrolled in a Connecticut secondary school.
Prior to PSA recording, the Student Director will provide SEE with confirmation of student and parent/guardian consent for those involved in creating the PSA. The form is completed via an online PSA Consent Form link.
PSAs must represent original content. PSAs may not use copyrighted songs, images, etc., and must include citation for any original music/art.
PSAs should be exactly 30 or 60 seconds (not counting required Credits).
Scoring Rubric and Judge's Guide
PSA will include within the video credits an accurate and complete acknowledgement of all participants who were previously documented by the Student Director with their PSA Consent Form.
All content is positive and appropriate for secondary student audience.
PSAs have been broadcast within the school community via a school television network and/or other school broadcasting means such as assemblies or the school website.
Classes or small teams are invited to collaborate to submit PSAs.
Students and school give SEE unlimited license rights to use their PSA in any way to advance SEE’s education mission.
PSA must illustrate at least one or more values that support Academic Integrity such as: Academic Honesty, Ethical Courage, Respect, Trust, Responsibility, Fairness, and Perseverance.
The contest places a greater priority on increasing the awareness of the values supporting academic integrity as opposed to the negative consequences of cheating. Although the latter is useful, the aspirational goal of values supporting academic integrity are more inspiring
Student Director submits their PSA to SEE via Google Drive online link found on SEE's website.
A school may submit a maximum of three PSAs.
Optionally, students may publish their PSA via social media sites and provide link to SEE.
Academic Integrity PSA contest winners at the 2015-2016 Celebration.
Benefits of Participation
Provides students the opportunity to reflect on the values supporting academic integrity.
Provides a creative opportunity to encourage students’ values formation in support of integrity.
Inspires student advocacy for the values that support academic integrity.
Encourages a dialogue between peers, instructors, and the community about academic integrity.
Provides students with the opportunity to creatively communicate their ideas with digital technology.
Offers a real-world challenge for collaborative project work.
Provides opportunity for adjudication of student work by professional videographers.
Promotes ethics in action.
Celebration The student director and representatives of the PSA team from the top three PSAs as judged by professional videographers are invited to SEE's annual Character Celebration dinner. The Celebration is typically hosted on the first Wednesday in May at banquet facility in New Haven. The student PSA creators may invite two guests, and SEE invites their teacher to participate in the Celebration as free guests. The number of student representatives invited to the Celebration depends on sponsor funding, but a minimum goal is to invite the Student PSA Director and up to two collaborators. The winning PSAs are shown at the Celebration and students receive certificates and gift bags. View pictures from the 2017 Celebration Program.
Endorsements and Support SEE's Academic Integrity PSA contest has been approved for implementation in Connecticut schools by Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and endorsed in the past by the International Center for Academic Integrity. SEE is grateful for start up funding for this project from the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation and regular funding from Webster Bank, Yale New Haven Health, Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C., Herbert Consulting, Peter & Alexandria Donovan and Chris & Debbie Gallo.