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K-State Today

May 16, 2012

Steven Starrett, water resource engineer, chosen to direct university's honor and integrity system

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University has a new leader for its honor and integrity system. Steven Starrett, associate professor of water resource engineering, will begin a three-year appointment as the system's director this summer.

Starrett's responsibilities include receiving violations of the university's honor code, informing students of their rights, and serving as a non-biased intermediary between faculty and students. The honor code assures that, in academic matters, one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. A component vital to the honor system is the inclusion of the honor pledge, which applies to all assignments, examinations and other course work undertaken by students.

"Our honor code reflects our values as a university," said Provost April Mason. "Under Steve's leadership we can ensure that our values are being reflected in all that we do."

Starrett's background includes involvement in engineering ethics, from teaching courses and conducting workshops, to conducting research with National Science Foundation funding. He also served as a member of the university's honor council, a member of the College of Engineering academic standards committee, and is a member of the National Institute of Engineering Ethics executive board.

Before joining Kansas State University's department of civil engineering, Starrett was a water resources engineering expert, consultant and professional engineer with Starrett Engineering LLC, serving Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Starrett earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He later attended Iowa State University, earning a master's degree in civil and construction engineering (water resources) and a doctorate in civil and construction engineering (environmental engineering).