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Honor Code

The University Honor Code is based on personal integrity. More specifically, your personal integrity in the face of academic challenges and demands. How you respond to those demands defines the very essence of who you are.

The University makes the assumption that each student will accept his or her role in the University community with a feeling of self respect, duty, and honor.

Scope of the Honor Code

Some Examples of Violations:

  • Lying, cheating, and plagiarism are violations of the Honor System.
  • Team collaboration on a project. Unless specifically authorized by your instructor, you are expected to do your own work unaided by anyone else.
  • Use of commercial or other students as sources for "ready made papers". Your work must clearly be of your own effort. Don't believe that by changing a few words you can disguise the source. You can't. If you use someone else's work you will be found out. The differences in tone, style, and comprehensiveness of the writing will be readily apparent to the faculty.
  • Failing to cite reference materials used within your paper or work. This includes not only printed material, but materials taken in part, or in whole, from Internet sources.
  • Use of "crib sheets" etc. during an examination. Although some instructors allow the use of reference materials during examinations, such use in clearly defined. If you have not been authorized use of reference material, or you exceed the defined scope of use, you are guilty of cheating.

Ramifications of The Honor Code

Consider your choices carefully: If you are found to have violated the Honor System, the penalties range from disciplinary probation & grade sanctions, to expulsion from the University.
For more information about the Honor System, code violations, procedures, and possible sanctions, click on the link below to visit the Honor Council homepage.

Honor Council Homepage