Championing honesty: Kevin Cleary receives 2024 Academic Integrity Award

UB School of Management Dean Ananth Iyer with Kevin Cleary, David Murray and Natalie Simpson at the 2024 Academic Integrity Awards reception. Photo: Douglas Levere

Release Date: May 13, 2024


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo Office of Academic Integrity recognized Kevin Cleary, clinical assistant professor of management science and systems, with a 2024 Academic Integrity Award for his commitment to upholding this foundational value of teaching, learning and research.

The award celebrates individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond to promote and enhance the culture of integrity at UB during the academic year.

As faculty director of the Master of Science in Management Information Systems program, Cleary’s efforts to uphold the standards of academic honesty are emphasized from the start of a student’s university experience. Beginning at orientation, Cleary provides real-world examples to students about the disruptive nature of dishonesty to both academics and future work.

“Kevin puts in the time, energy and effort it takes to ensure the principles of academic integrity are upheld,” says David Murray, associate dean for undergraduate programs and clinical professor of management science and systems, who co-nominated Cleary along with Natalie Simpson, associate dean for graduate programs and professor of operations management and strategy.

Additionally, Cleary piloted the new “Academic Integrity at UB” module into the orientation requirements for students in the MS in MIS program and provided guidance to assist in embedding the course into five other graduate programs.

“Thanks to Kevin, we have improved processes and communication to support the cause of academic integrity across all our graduate programs, not just the program he is responsible for,” says Simpson.

Cleary’s nominators also stressed his courage in confronting academic dishonesty in an educational way, with his eye on students’ future careers, along with his influence on others in the School of Management community through this approach.

Now in its 100th year, the UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

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