White Collar Crime Investigation
VIII. TERM RESEARCH PROJECT1. As noted, a research project (“term paper”) is required for this course. It will comprise forty (40) percent of your final grade. 2. It must be ten to twelve pages in length and conform to the criteria for the submission of written work as detailed in item IX below. No cover page or binding please, but a bibliography and citations are a must. Refer to a writer’s manual, such as the one mentioned in item II, line 2 above for the proper ways to present a bibliography and citations. 4. Choose either of the following topics: Investigating Corporate / White Collar Crime: a. Recently, significant losses were sustained within financial markets and the impact on so many people exposed examples of serious criminality on the part of people in positions of privilege and trust; the executive types, people who are already very well off financially but still insist on unlawfully taking even more. But basically, they are just common criminals. Some of their crimes have been particularly egregious. Their activities are not limited to “Ponzi” schemes, but include all kinds of securities frauds, insider trading, institutional corruption, fiduciary fraud, misuse of escrow funds and thefts of pensions and savings. False advertising, price fixing, price gouging and deceptive practices by telemarketers, contractors and service providers also come within this description, as do crimes committed by government employees, elected and appointed officials and all types of political corruption. The perpetrators of these crimes are usually somewhat more sophisticated and better educated than the average street criminal. Their modus operandi is usually more complicated and their crimes much more profitable, requiring a more complex investigation. How are these crimes investigated and who investigates them? What are some examples of recent “white-collar” crimes and how were the criminals caught? How is corporate crime controlled by legislation; could RICO laws be used against corrupt corporations, agencies and their executives? Consider obtaining a copy of one of the texts suggested in item III above (line 1 or 3).5. A minimum three-page first draft of your research project is due on or before March 10; a penalty of two points per class day will be assessed for each day late after that date. 6. The final paper is due on or before April 14, and a two-point penalty per-day will also be assessed for each class day that it is late. No paper will be accepted after May 5, and a grade of “F” will be recorded for the entire course. 7. All written work must be typed or printed in black ink via word processor or computer and must be on standard 8 ½ x 11 inch paper stock, double-spaced, standard 12-point font (Times New Roman, Courier, Calibri or Arial – no “designer” fonts please!) with no more than one inch margins all around; papers that are completely or partially handwritten (script or printed) or otherwise not in conformity with these requirements will be returned ungraded and subject to the penalty for lateness (loss of credit).IX. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OF WRITTEN WORK 1. All written assignments must be responsive to and follow the instructions as outlined in item VII above. You must demonstrate that you have learned something significant and not just repeat or re-write material you have read (see also line 3 below). Your writings must also be properly organized and presented and demonstrate college-level writing abilities with regard to the use of grammar, punctuation, paragraphing and spelling. Written assignments must conform to one of the standard academic research writing formats. Refer to the Writer’s Manual. 2. All written assignments must be submitted via e-mail on or before the due date 3. Regarding Plagiarism: Plagiarism is misrepresenting someone else’s work, words or ideas as your own. At its simplest (and worst) it is buying, downloading, or otherwise procuring a paper written wholly or partially by another and submitting it as your own work. It also includes copying and / or pasting sentences and paragraphs from, books, journals, magazines, other written documents or Internet and web sites as well as replacing words with synonyms without giving citation for the source. a. It is acceptable, within limits, to quote directly or to paraphrase from your research sources, but you must acknowledge the source by placing quotation marks around the quoted phrases and cite the source of the quotation or paraphrase. Merely including the source of your quotation or paraphrase in your bibliography is not citation and is plagiarism. Consult the writer’s manual for the proper way to present quotations and citations of sources. This matter will be discussed further in class. b. Any indication of plagiarism will result in the recording of a grade of “F” for the entire course and referral to the Dean of Students. c. Students should also expect to be interviewed by the instructor with regards to the sources they used in preparing their research, so keep copies of all outlines, drafts, and notes you made while doing your research readings. d. If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to ask. 4. Do not use Wikipedia as a source, use credible sources.