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Section VI: Honor Code Violations

VI. Honor Code Violations [FN33]

A student violates the Honor Code if the student engages in dishonorable conduct as defined below. The Honor Code will be applied reasonably in accordance with the examples below. Examples of proscribed conduct are meant to be instructive and not all-inclusive.

A. Lying: the presentation of false information with the intent to deceive. Lying includes, but is not limited to:

1. Misrepresenting oneself or one’s accomplishments for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage or an advantage in opportunities for employment or other co-curricular opportunities;

2. Falsifying College documents including alteration or forgery;

3. Providing false or misleading information to Honor or Student Conduct members during the course of an investigation or hearing of an alleged violation of the Honor Code or Student Code of Conduct. Lying within this context may be charged as a separate offense.

B. Stealing: knowingly taking or appropriating the property of another, including property of the College, without the rightful owner’s permission and with the intent to permanently or substantially deprive the owner of the property. One does not receive rightful permission if it is induced by fraud or deception.

C. Cheating:
including, but not limited to, the following acts:

1. Plagiarism: the presentation, with intent to deceive, or with disregard for proper scholarly procedures of a significant scope, of any information, ideas or phrasing of another as if they were one’s own without giving appropriate credit to the original source.

a. One commits plagiarism when one includes the words of another without quotation or when one includes the substantive work of another without properly crediting the source with footnotes, quotation marks, or other appropriate citation.
b. A student’s intent may be inferred based on the extent and context of the improperly cited material and whether the student has provided false citation or has manipulated the original text such that a reasonable person may conclude the student did so in order to avoid detection.
c. Disregard for proper scholarly procedure that is minimal in scope may be addressed solely as an academic matter, and the instructor may determine whether an academic penalty should be applied without pursuing resolution under the Honor Code. But any intentional acts of plagiarism or disregard for scholarly procedure of a significant scope should be treated as a violation of the Honor Code and addressed under either Sec. VIII or Sec. IX below.

2. Unauthorized Assistance/Collaboration: giving unauthorized aid to another student or receiving unauthorized aid from another person on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations. Unauthorized assistance includes providing information to another about an assignment or examination prior to the conclusion of the administration of such exams/assignments to all related sections of the course unless permitted by the instructor.

3. Use of Unauthorized Materials:
using or consulting unauthorized materials (including electronic materials) or using unauthorized equipment or devices on tests, quizzes, assignments, or examinations.

4. Unauthorized Dual Submission of Previous Academic Work:
using any material portion of a paper or project to fulfill the requirements of more than one course unless the student has received prior permission to do so from the appropriate instructor(s).

5. Time Constraint Violation:
intentionally commencing work or failing to end work on any examination, test, quiz, or assignment according to the time constraints imposed.

6. Directions Violation:
failing to follow instructions for an assignment or examination despite knowing or having reason to know that such conduct would result in an unfair academic advantage.

[FN 33] Specific application of these policies may vary by department or school, and schools, departments, and/or faculty are encouraged to make all students within their programs aware in advance of the particular expectations of their students. Students are expected to be responsible for knowing College, school, departmental and individual instructor policies regarding the Honor Code.